Sky Sports sources understand a Qatari club have lodged a bid with Sunderland for Asamoah Gyan.
The Ghana star sensationally left the Stadium of Light on the eve of the season to join United Arab Emirates side Al Ain.
When he took charge of the club, Martin O'Neill was asked about Gyan's future and he refused to rule out the prospect of him returning.
But now after talks with Sunderland, which included chief executive Margaret Byrne, Gyan is understood to have told the club he wants to leave.
A number of clubs in the Middle East are believed to be keen and now Sky Sports can confirm that an unnamed Qatari club have lodged a bid.
Sunderland paid Rennes over £10million for Gyan, but after less than a season with the club he departed.
It is believed the North East club would be willing to accept around £6million for Gyan.