Boudewijn Zenden has joined Sunderland on a week-long trial, Press Association Sport understands.
The former Barcelona, Liverpool and Marseille man has been offered the chance to impress on Wearside by Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
Zenden, 33, is a free agent after leaving Marseille at the end of last season.
The player's father and agent, Pierre Zenden, told Voetbal International: "Sunderland want to examine over the next two weeks Boudewijn's physical state.
"Boudewijn has, over the past few months, kept himself fit and trained six days a week.
"Sunderland are looking at a short-term way of strengthening their midfield and Boudewijn is a serious candidate.
"Sunderland know what he can do and what he is capable of so he does not have to prove himself.
"But they want to see him in action and submit him to some medical tests."
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