At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, newly installed Sunderland Manager Sam Allardyce was asked whether he was looking to bring Kevin Nolan in.

The former Newcastle midfielder is a free agent and so can sign any time for a club.

Allardyce said that he wanted to take a look at the players he had inherited first, before making any decisions as to his former captain when he was at both Bolton and West Ham.

Sunderland only named 24 players in their 25 man Premier League squad in September, so they do have room to bring a free agent in, in advance of being able to change the squad around in January.

Even if Kevin Nolan wasn’t a first team starter, you could see Sam Allardyce recognising the potential benefits of at least having somebody he trusts in the dressing room, to feed back what the players are having to say.

With Sunderland’s players having been accused of poor discipline and lack of commitment already this season, Allardyce will want to get to the bottom of which players he can rely on, as quickly as possible.

Sam Allardyce:

“I will assess the squad, Kevin Nolan and me go back a long way, as everybody knows.

“I need to assess the squad and take it from there.

“Nolan is an addition that I may look at in the future, I may choose to enter down that line but at the moment it is about giving the players I have got here an opportunity to show what they can do.”

As to whether Kevin Nolan would consider such a move after being at Newcastle and nailing his colours to the black and white mast after he left, remains to be seen.