Former Liverpool winger Bolo Zenden has signed a deal with Sunderland until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.
The 33-year-old Dutch midfielder had been training with Steve Bruce’s side after his contract with French club Marseille expired in the summer.
With international clearance pending, Zenden could even make his debut for the Black Cats against the Reds when the two teams meet at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.
Bruce was delighted with the signing saying, “His performances in training persuaded me that he has a valuable role to play this season.
“It was immediately obvious that he is still supremely fit and the move happened fairly quickly.
“He brings international class, a steadying influence and a wide breadth of experience.
“His career is testament to his quality and he gives us more depth in central midfield which is a vital position.”
Zenden was signed from Midlesbrough by Reds boss Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2005, making 23 appearances and scoring twice before Marseille signed him in 2007.