Sunderland take Bosnian Zlatan Muslimovic on trial

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TARGET-MAN striker Zlatan Muslimovic is training with Sunderland with a view to a move to joining the club over the next few days, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.

The 30-year-old is a free agent after leaving Greek outfit PAOK in the summer and was training with Rangers until the weekend.

He turned his back on the Scottish Premier League giants when he heard of Sunderland’s interest and was last night a face in the crowd at Eppleton CW as the Reserves beat Bolton 1-0.

The former Udinese and Atalanta frontman, a Bosnia & Herzegovina international is well over 6ft, vastly experienced, and could be a useful addition to the squad, especially given the fact that Sunderland are light on forwards and on-loan Arsenal man Nicklas Bendtner picked up a facial injury at the weekend.

Certainly, his decision to turn his back on Rangers disappointed manager Ally McCoist, who revealed: “Zlatan came in for a day’s training and did absolutely fine and we’d have liked him to have played in a game.

“He was offered the chance to do that, but he and his advisers didn’t fancy it and declined, so I believe he has gone to train with Sunderland.

“Although the door is not closed on that one, I have to say that we would have to see a lot more of somebody before we take an opportunity to sign them.”

Muslimovic has been joined at the Academy of Light by fellow trialist Enoch Balotelli, brother of Manchester City striker Mario, who has been training with the reserves.