Andy Cole has revealed Dwight Yorke gave him a tap on the shoulder about joining Sunderland.

He explained to The Journal: "I spoke to Yorkie (Dwight Yorke) and he asked me what I was up to. I then spoke to the manager and it went from there. There were no big dramas and it was all done and dusted within a day or so.

"I knew they had just been promoted and that we would have a tough season. But when you get to a certain stage of your career you want to thrive on things like that.

"I love a challenge and all the way through my career has been the same. This is another one. I'm looking forward to playing games and hopefully getting a few goals. I want to help the team head in the right direction."