Sunderland coach Martin O’Neil has hinted that striker Asamoah Gyan does not want to return to the English Premier League side.
The Ghana international was a record signing at the Stadium of Light but is currently on a season-long loan with United Emirates side Al-Ain.
That deal was made in September while Steve Bruce was in charge of the Black Cats.
But even though Gyan was linked to a return to Wearside in January and has two years left on his deal, O’Neill admits the 26-year-old might have played his last game in the red and white.
The Sunderland manager said: “The situation is, I believe it was a year-long loan for a start for which they had to pay us some money of the transfer fee which we paid in the first place, and that is still in existence.
“There was some talk between all parties in January that didn’t come to anything. I wasn’t party to those conversations, although I was kept informed of them, of course.
“I think it will be the end of the season before I can assess anything.
“There has to be a willingness on behalf of all parties as well. You wouldn’t really want somebody who is really unwilling to come back to the football club, if that’s the case.
“It’s unfair of me to say that because it might not be the case, but it seems to be the message that’s coming across.”
Whether Gyan returns or not, Sunderland are likely to be in the market for a new striker again this summer with the future of on-loan Nicklas Bentner still uncertain and Fraizer Campbell struggling with injury.
Nevertheless, O’Neill insists he is yet to speak to owner Ellis Short about his transfer plans.
He added: “I haven’t considered it and I certainly haven’t had an opportunity to speak to a very important man at the football club who happens to own it.
“We will sit down, we will assess it. I think he is going to be here for the last couple of games of the season, which is encouraging.”
Source Ghana Soccernet