JAMES McFadden is training with boyhood club Motherwell again as Sunderland mull over a new contract for the Scotland international.
The Echo reported earlier this week how manager Martin O’Neill was considering whether to offer McFadden a second deal at the Stadium of Light after a move to Nottingham Forest fell through for the 29-year-old.
McFadden had been in discussions with Forest over a long-term switch, only for the move to collapse when manager Alex McLeish left his position at the City Ground.
O’Neill, who handed McFadden an initial three-month contract in October which expired last month, is contemplating whether to offer the free agent a deal until the end of the season.
But while the two parties attempt to find a resolution, McFadden is training with Motherwell, as he did during the summer following his release by Everton.
Motherwell, along with SPL rivals Aberdeen, are both interested in signing the former Birmingham City forward permanent.
But Motherwell assistant boss Kenny Black admits it is unlikely McFadden will sign a deal at Fir Park after three top-flight appearances for the Black Cats.
Black said: “James has come in very similar to what he did a few months back. He came in looking for training facilities.
“We are more than willing to accommodate him. James came in, got himself fit and got himself a move to Sunderland.
“He is now back up and it’s really much of the same.
“He is keeping himself ticking over, a local lad, and we’re happy to have him on board.
“That’s as far as it goes, nothing has changed from the last time he was here.”