New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is weighing up a move to recall Asamoah Gyan from his loan spell in the United Arab Emirates.
O'Neill is keen to boost Sunderland's striking options and he is ready to offer Gyan a return to the Stadium of Light as he looks to give the whole squad a clean slate.
Gyan left Sunderland in controversial circumstances in September when joining Al-Ain on loan following a bust-up with former Black Cats chief Steve Bruce.
O'Neill knows Sunderland need to improve their attacking options and he has revealed he will discuss Gyan's situation with Niall Quinn to see if the Ghana star can be recalled from his season-long switch.
"It's absolutely something that I'll address," O'Neill said of the possibility of recalling Gyan.
"I have to talk to Niall about exactly where we stand on that. His position will definitely be looked at.
"He started off brilliantly, then things tapered away a little bit, so the potential is there. I don't know the lad at all, but I will have a look at it."