Bolo Zenden is keen to make a comeback at Sunderland.
The People says Zenden has urged Martin O'Neill to give him a second chance at Sunderland.
The Dutch winger ended a two-year spell with the Black Cats last summer and snubbed a chance to rejoin them in October while Steve Bruce was still boss.
The 35-year-old said: "I hope there is a different situation at Sunderland under Martin O'Neill. I am definitely open to rejoining them."