James McFadden hopes to join Sunderland

O'Neill ready to hand McFadden lifeline with short-term deal at Sunderland

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10:11 GMT, 20 September 2012

Martin O'Neill is set to offer James McFadden the chance to resurrect his career at Sunderland.

All smiles: James McFadden is training with Sunderland

All smiles: James McFadden is training with Sunderland

The 29-year-old free agent hopes to earn a short-term deal after being invited to train with the Black Cats.

McFadden has been without a club since his release this summer by Everton.

The former Motherwell favourite turned down a chance to return to Fir Park and an offer to join Aberdeen in the hope of staying in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s Titus Bramble is sweating on a new contract offer.

The defender’s current 30,000-a-week deal expires at the end of the season and talks on a new one are yet to start.

Bramble said: 'I’m very happy and I want to stay.

'If I’m playing games, I don’t see why I won’t get offered a new contract. The challenge is to play as many as possible.'