Ex-Sunderland man Tainio training with New York Red Bulls

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FORMER Sunderland midfielder Teemu Tainio is training with New York Red Bulls in a bid to win a deal for the start of the new MLS season.

The 31-year-old, whose contract at Sunderland was cancelled by mutual consent last summer, has made just five appearances for Dutch giants Ajax this season and has been told he can leave the club on a free transfer.

The Red Bulls are hoping to tempt Tainio to America with the offer of a two-year deal.

“I played 14 years in Europe, so this is something new,” he said.