Sunderland have confirmed recalling keeper Marton Fulop from his loan spell at Leicester as the Foxes attempt to push through a permanent switch.
The 24-year-old Hungarian will return to Wearside on Thursday after manager Roy Keane activated a recall clause in the season-long loan deal which took him to the Walkers Stadium in August.
However, it remains to be seen how long Fulop remains at the Stadium of Light with Leicester said to have tabled a £1m bid for his services.
That would represent a profit of around £500,000 on what the Black Cats paid Tottenham for the player when he headed north as part of the deal which took Ben Alnwick in the opposite direction 12 months ago.
Sunderland’s stance could well be a bargaining ploy with Keane having confirmed he would be happy to have Fulop competing with £9m signing Craig Gordon and Darren Ward for the number one spot at the Stadium of Light with youngster Trevor Carson waiting in the wings.
Fulop has been a hit at Leicester, but has played under four managers this season – Martin Allen, who signed him before being sacked, Gary Megson, caretaker Gerry Taggart and current boss Ian Holloway.