Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband is set to take on a role with Sunderland.
Miliband has had discussions over taking on a non-executive role at the club, focusing on his international and community work, a spokesman said.
The Daily Mail said he was to become vice-chairman on a reputed £50,000 salary.
It pointed out the 45-year-old Arsenal fan, whose brother Ed beat him to the Labour leadership, has many Sunderland supporters in his South Shields constituency.
His spokesman said: "David Miliband is determined to continue to serve his constituency and pursue his interests in foreign and environmental policy.
"Discussions have taken place between David Miliband and Sunderland AFC about a non-executive role with the club focusing on his international and community work."
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn said: "We're always challenging ourselves to find new ways to grow and develop the club and to make it stronger. We have had talks with David Miliband about a non executive role at the Club but have nothing further to report at the moment."