Fitness may hamper Muslimovic’s Sunderland move

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SUNDERLAND are continuing to run the rule over out-of-contract striker Zlatan Muslimovic, but his lack of match fitness could count against him.

The 30-year-old (right) has been training at the Academy of Light as he looks to impress Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill and earn a contract, six months after leaving Greek side PAOK.

But the Sunderland manager is currently looking for an experienced striker who can come in and make an immediate impact.

And the Bosnian international might struggle to be ready for immediate action.

In his favour, though, is that he is a free agent and even if he’s not signed in January, he could still join the club at a later date.

O’Neill also confirmed that Mario Balotelli’s younger brother, 19-year-old Enoch, has been having a trial at the club’s Academy.

But he said supporters should not read too much into the comings and goings at the Academy because the club will be looking at many players during his time at the helm.

He told the Echo: “Zlatan Muslimovic has been here. I think he had been up at Glasgow Rangers and I’m not sure exactly what happened but his agent gave us a call to see if we would be interested and we were, so that’s all right. But can I just made it clear to the fans that this will become pretty much the norm.

“We will have people coming and going. It’s not going to be an unusual occurrence.

“We had a Peruvian player over here on the say-so of Nolberto Solano, who advised us on him. He came in earlier this week but it doesn’t necessarily mean anything will come off it.

“On Balotelli’s brother, that was the Academy side. In fairness, if the Academy kept me abreast of every single player they’d signed, I’d have had a very long list!

“So we do have players coming down for a couple of days training. It gives everyone the chance to have a little look at each other and if January hadn’t been so busy in terms of fixture, we might have had a few more.”