Sam Allardyce will keep an open mind over the Bosman market, with one remaining place left in Sunderland’s squad.
Since being confirmed as Sunderland boss last week, Allardyce has already been linked with his former West Ham pair Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole, with both free agents after leaving Upton Park.
Sunderland registered 24 out of a possible 25 players with the Premier League last month – leaving them with the chance to add one Bosman signing before the transfer window re-opens in January, as they did last season with the capture of French full-back Anthony Reveillere.
Allardyce is aware of that window of opportunity and it will remain in his thoughts as he assesses Sunderland’s squad over the coming weeks.
He told the Echo: “I’ll have a look at the squad.
“I had a look and there’s one place left in the squad that’s registered until January.
“If that is the case, then I’ll look at the squad and make a decision and take it from there.”
Ex-Newcastle skipper Nolan has been training with League Two Leyton Orient after mutually agreeing to end his Hammers contract in August.
And Allardyce admits the 33-year-old – who played under him at Bolton and West Ham – could be an option if he feels Sunderland need an extra body in the middle of the park.
He added: “I have to assess the squad I’ve got. Do I need a midfielder?
“Kevin and I go back a long way, everyone knows that, but I have to assess the squad first and the quality I’ve got here.
“I may chose to enter down that line but first I need to allow the players here to show what they can do.”