Sunderland have turned down the option of signing Nigerian forward and former Schalke player, Chinedu Obasi.
According to dailymail.co.uk, Obasi has been on trial with Sam Allardyce’s squad but has been struggling to prove his fitness after breaking a leg earlier in the year.
The free agent, who is a Nigeria international but has a German passport, is now exploring other options.
Despite the weekend’s 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle, Sunderland have been short of goals and new manager Allardyce had hoped Obasi could help if he had been able to prove his fitness.
Allardyce had said before pulling the plug on the deal: “He [Obasi] is a Nigerian international and we are just seeing because he’s got a reasonably good CV, in terms of where he’s played before.
“He has been fraught with a bad injury, which is why he’s not been fixed up with a club yet, but we’d like to see him for this week and perhaps next week.
“But I need someone who has an impact now, not in three weeks time, so it will be a difficult task I think. But he’s here and if he can show us anything we haven’t got then there maybe something we can do.’
In his three years with Schalke, Obasi scored just four goals in 34 games in all competitions. He was signed by the club after a brief loan spell in 2012, having netted 25 goals in 91 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim.
He previously played for Norwegian side Lyn Oslo before moving to Hoffenheim in 2007.
The 29-year-old featured for Nigeria at the 2010 Cup of Nations in Angola, and also the FIFA World Cup in South Africa that same year.