Bardsley rose through the ranks at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to Sunderland on a permanent deal during the 2007-08 season.
The Salford-born right-back stayed at the Stadium of Light for seven campaigns before moving to Stoke City and then Burnley. However, the 37-year-old is now a free agent following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship at the end of last season.
Former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney was mulling a deal to bring his former team-mate to Derby County last campaign before his departure as Rams manager.
Sunderland’s Fabio Borini (C) celebrates with teammates Phil Bardsley (L) and Marcos Alonso (R) after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James’ Park on 1 of February 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Tyne, England.
Now Bardsley has been linked with a move to League Two Stockport County, with the defender still without a club ahead of January. Sunderland moved into the top half of the Championship table with a 3-0 win over Millwall on Saturday.
After a goalless first half, the Black Cats took the lead when Ellis Simms flicked on Alex Pritchard’s low cross and Amad converted at the back post.
Pritchard doubled his side’s lead when he controlled Lynden Gooch’s cross and beat goalkeeper George Long with a low strike, before Ellis Simms added a third in injury time.
The result moves Mowbray’s side up to 10th in the table, one point off a play-off place. The Black Cats are next in Championship action against West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Monday 13 December.