FORMER Sunderland skipper Bolo Zenden is in talks over a potential deal at Championship basement boys Doncaster Rovers.
The 35-year-old (pictured) has been without a club since rejecting the prospect of a new deal at Sunderland last season after growing frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities.
A summer move to be reunited with his former Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren at Nottingham Forest fell through, while Zenden spent a week earlier this month training with SPL giants Celtic.
Zenden could not agree a deal at Parkhead though and Doncaster hope the ex-Dutch international can be the latest former Premier League player to arrive at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Ex-Sunderland misfits El Hadji-Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda have both signed deals with Rovers since agent Willie McKay was appointed as the club’s transfer advisor.
McKay confirmed talks were underway with Zenden and West Brom striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who Rovers hope to sign on loan before today’s loan deadline.
The agent said: “We’ve spoken to Bolo. He played for Celtic in a friendly against St Johnstone. I’m a Celtic fan myself and I was told he was outstanding. But he couldn’t agree anything there and we’ve been in contact with him.”
Zenden insists he is in good shape despite being out of action since May, with the ex-Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool man working as a TV pundit in his homeland. “Sunderland offered me a new deal, but I didn’t sign because I wanted to move on,” he said.
“Since then, I’ve been in contact with a few clubs and there have been a few offers. But they haven’t been what my mind was set on. I have been training six days a week and I am fit.”
Rovers have also signed 23-year-old Blackburn midfielder Herold Goulon on a two-month emergency loan.
Meanwhile, ex-Sunderland midfielder Colin Healy has been released by Championship outfit Ipswich.
The 31-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Portman Road since arriving from Cork City in the summer of 2009 – starting just 11 league games.