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The former Barcelona man seems likely to join the Premier League club, where he will likely be used as a squad player in the middle of the park...

Steve Bruce has been very impressed with Boudewijn Zenden during a trial period at Sunderland, stating that the veteran Dutchman could fill a vital midfield role for the team.

The Black Cats' boss ran the rule over the 33-year-old former Barcelona star and is now set to offer him a full-time contract.

Zenden left Marseille at the end of last season and has been looking for a club over the summer. He looks set to return to the north east of England after an earlier spell with Middlesbrough.

"I've known 'Bolo' for a good few years, he picked the phone up and asked if he could come over and he's done very, very well," Bruce told the club's official website.

"He gives us a little more experience and it's in the back of my mind that we're very short of numbers in the middle.

"We only really have Jordan [Henderson], Lorik [Cana] and Lee [Cattermole], and the latter two will pick up a few yellow cards.

"You don't play for Liverpool, Barcelona and Marseille if you haven't got pedigree, and the lad's in tip-top condition for his age.

"I will have a conversation with Bolo towards the end of the week and we'll take it from there."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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