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Zenden set for Sunderland stint

The former Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool winger has impressed while on trial at the Stadium of Light, and Bruce has revealed he is looking to bolster his midfield ranks.

“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," he said.

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

And Bruce added that he is keen to snap up the veteran wide-man, who has been a free agent since leaving Marseille at the end of last season, as he believes his experience at the top level proves he has true footballing pedigree.

“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," he said.

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

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Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.