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Zenden joins Sunderland on a free

Boudewijn Zenden, the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder, has joined Premier League side Sunderland until the end of the season after impressing during a trial period at the Stadium of Light.

The 33-year-old former Holland international was a free agent after leaving Marseille in the summer. The Black Cats are now hoping to gain Fifa clearance in order to include Zenden in their match day squad for Saturday's clash with Liverpool.

The experienced midfielder, who can cover a number of positions in the middle of the park, should be a useful addition to the Sunderland squad with Dean Whitehead, Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards all having left the club during the summer.

Zenden left Liverpool for Marseille back in 2007 but has been tempted back to the Premier League for at least a season while Sunderland have the option to sign the player until 2011.

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