A whole host of players continue to work alone through the winter, without a club and the season well underway.
Here, we take a look at those free agents who have turned out for Newcastle United or Sunderland – do you think either club should consider looking at any of these names? Let us know on social media.
Scroll down and click through the pages to view the free agents who have played for Sunderland or Newcastle.
1. Stephen Ireland - Ex-NUFC
The first of three straight ex-Bolton Wanderers players on this list. 33-year-old Stephen Ireland departed the club in 2018 and has been looking for a club ever since.
Photo: PAUL ELLIS
2. Vurnon Anita - Ex-NUFC
The 30-year-old ex-Holland international played with Newcastle United in the Premier League and turned out for European giants Ajax.
Photo: Stu Forster
3. Marc Wilson - Ex-SAFC
Another player who has recently left Bolton Wanderers, the 32-year-old defender-come-midfielder played for Sunderland in their recent Championship relegation season.
Photo: Nigel Roddis
4. Victor Anichebe - Ex-SAFC
The 31-year-old striker recently trained with League One Doncaster Rovers but failed to win a deal after leaving Sunderland at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Photo: Michael Regan