Barnes ready to cherry-pick best Caribbean talent for Sunderland

Former Liverpool and Newcastle star John Barnes has joined Roy Keane's Sunderland as a part-time scout.

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Barnes, who was born in Jamaica, will hold coaching clinics on seven islands and offer trials with Sunderland to the brightest under-20 talents.

"I'll be choosing the best players to go to Sunderland," said Barnes. "They recognise that, although Africa is saturated [with English scouts from the leading clubs], the Caribbean is the next place they are going to get the talent to hopefully grace the Premier League." Keane already has three Trindidad and Tobago internationals in his team in Kenwyne Jones, Dwight Yorke and Carlos Edwards.

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