Cameroon striker Patrick Mboma will not have his loan spell with Sunderland turned into a permanent move, the club have confirmed. Mboma joined the English Premiership club from Parma towards the end of last season, and was hoping to be given a full contract in the summer.
However, the club have informed him that they will not be trying to purchase him.
« We have let Patrick know that he will not be staying at Sunderland », a club official told BBC Sport Online.
« He will not be offered a contract with us. »
Mboma scored once for Sunderland during his loan spell, in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Player profile: Patrick Mboma
Parma signed him in 2000 after he scored 15 goals in 32 appearences for Cagliari, although he was unable to reproduce that sort of form after his multi-million pound move.