Sunderland take Nigerian international striker on trial

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Nigerian international Chinedu Obasi is on trial at Sunderland, with Sam Allardyce expected to make a decision on the striker next week.

Allardyce has been considering options on the Bosman market since taking charge at the Stadium of Light a fortnight ago, with one place available in Sunderland’s squad to bring in a free agent before the transfer window re-opens in January.

Obasi has been training with Sunderland’s first-team squad at the Academy of Light this week after leaving German side Schalke during the summer.

The 29-year-old endured a miserable time with injuries at Schalke after making just 10 Bundesliga starts in three years, but he had been rated as one of the hottest prospects on the Continent when he was previously with German side Hoffenheim.

Allardyce was urged to take a closer look at Obasi - who joined Schalke for £4million - by an agent and will make a decision on the frontman by the end of next week.

The Sunderland manager told the Echo: “He’d been injured with a broken leg which had taken a long time to recover. He spent some rehab time in America.

“The agent who got hold of me said he’s worth having a look at, based on his CV, which looked pretty good.

“We’ll make a judgement next week.”

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