Sunderland manager Jack Ross has confirmed that he is trying to sign a former Newcastle United defender.

Now 31, David Edgar is a free agent after being released by Ottawa Fury.

The Canadian club play in the USL Championship, which is the second tier of football in the United States, under the MLS.

Media reports had circulated saying Sunderland wanted to bring in Edgar and now Jack Ross has said this is the case.

When asked about the player, Jack Ross said:

“I haven’t had any confirmation of that at the moment, if we do I’ll let you know.

“We wanted to have a look because we don’t have a naturally left-sided centre-back.

“We don’t really have a full-back/centre-back in the squad either.”

Now 31, David Edgar is a versatile defender who can also play in defensive midfield if needed.

After 18 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, the defender left at the end of the 2008/09 relegation season, joining Burnley for £300,000, later going on to play for Swansea City, Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town, as well as Vancouver Whitecaps and Nashville.

Though he grew up in Canada, his dad Eddie was from Jarrow and was on Newcastle’s books as a goalkeeper, making one appearance.

David Edgar scored two goals in his short Premier League career for Newcastle, a stunner that earned a 2-2 draw with Man Utd when the defender was only 19.

Then the ‘consolation’ when Newcastle were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool at St James Park, maybe one of the most one-sided home matches many Newcastle fans have ever seen. Without Shay Given it would surely have been double figures and that was the game in December 2008 which finally appeared to push Given over the edge, finally having had enough of the likes of Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear.