Spann in Sunderland trials

Trinidad & Tobago midfielder Silvio Spann is trialling with Sunderland.

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Spann will be determined to showcase his talents to the Black Cats boss having joined up with Sunderland on Dwight Yorke's recommendation. A player who can count Perugia and Dinamo Zagreb as his former employers is keen to continue his career in England and has been given permission by W Connection, his Trinidadian club, to pursue his ambitions.

Spann has spent two weeks on trial at Sheffield United, although work permit complications have prevented him from travelling with the Blades on their pre-season trip to Ireland.

That has enabled Roy Keane to appraise a player who has won 28 senior caps for the Soca Warriors and who shone at this summer's Gold Cup in the United States.

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