MK Dons boss Dan Micciche says he is keen to sign former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, according to BBC Sport.

The 33-year-old free agent has been training with Dons this week as Dan Micciche seeks out midfield experience to help his side out of the League 1 relegation battle.

But without a club since the summer, Reo-Coker, who can boast West Ham, Aston Villa and Bolton amongst his former clubs, is lacking the fitness levels the manager demands of his players, and will not be offered a permanent deal until he shows he can reach them.

“We’ve got Nigel in because we want something to happen,” Micciche told BBC Sport.

“His attitude’s been excellent, he’s got excellent leadership qualities and he’s been great around the lads.”

Reo-Coker, who has played for Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer in America in recent years, joined Villa from West Ham for £7.5m in 2007.

He was offered a deal last year at Spanish side Granada, then managed by Tony Adams, which later fell through.

“We’re just trying to get him fit at the moment. There’s a (reserve) game on Monday which he’ll play in against Bristol Rovers and then we’ll take it from there,” Micciche said.

“He’s been great around the place and a good sounding board for me as well. I’m tapping into any experience I can around the club and from outside.”

MK Dons are 23rd in League One and seven points from safety with 11 matches remaining.

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