Sulley Muntari will not be playing for Sunderland next season after his agent claimed that the club have declined to sign him on a permanent deal.
Muntari, a Ghana international, has been on loan at the Stadium of Light since January, joining the Black Cats from Inter Milan, but has been told he is "too expensive" for the Wearside club to buy in the summer.
"There is no chance at Sunderland for Sulley," agent Fabien Piveteau confirmed. "They have decided he is too expensive."
Sunderland have at least £18 million to spend after the sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa in January and Piveteau, who also represents John Mensah, claims a deal for the Lyon loanee remains a possibility.
"For John, there is a good chance (of signing)," he continued. "The situation with him is that if he played 25 games, he would definitely sign for Sunderland but he has only played 18 at the moment.
"He has not played all of the games but this season it has not been the same type of injuries for John. At the moment I think the results are the priority, but the coaches will talk with him soon about next season."