Sam Allardyce says he will give his new Sunderland players a chance to impress before considering a move for Kevin Nolan.
Allardyce was appointed as Black Cats boss last week and the former Newcastle manager was immediately linked with a move for free agent Nolan.
The 33-year-old midfielder has played for Allardyce at Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham, but the manager insists he will first look at the players he inherited from Dick Advocaat before considering bringing Nolan back to the north east.
“I need to assess the squad and take it from there,” Allardyce said on Tuesday.
“Kevin and me go a long way back, as everyone knows.
“Nolan is an addition I may look at in the future, I may choose to enter down that line but at the moment it’s about giving the players I’ve got here an opportunity to show what they can do.”