Sunderland will not be taking up the option to sign Djibril Cisse on a permanent deal this summer.
The Frenchman joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan deal early in the 2008/09 campaign.
Having grown disillusioned with life at Marseille, the former Liverpool striker was keen to have another crack at the Premier League.
He went on to make 38 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 11 goals.
However, he found the target just once in his last 12 outings as speculation regarding his future began to mount.
A deal had been agreed for him to complete a move to the Stadium of Light once the season came to a close, with a package believed to be around £10million having been put in place.
Sunderland, though, have decided against pushing that move through and will instead be turning their attention elsewhere.
"We wish Djibril well and thank him for his contribution to the club this season," chairman Niall Quinn told the club's official website.