Sky Sports understands that Sunderland are weighing up a move for Steven Pienaar.
Everton and Tottenham have failed to agree terms for the South African ace, despite lengthy talks.
Negotiations between Everton and the player have also not been concluded.
A source close to the deal told Sky Sports: "There are issues - I understand that the two clubs have failed to agree terms."
Sky Sports now understands that Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland - who both expressed an interest in Pienaar in January before he re-joined Everton on-loan - are now considering rival bids.
Everton boss David Moyes had made bringing Pienaar back to the club one of his main priorities this summer.
- Airport Arrivals: Sunderland Return From Peace Cup
- Transfer Talk: Sunderland Target Helmes Going Nowhere
- Transfer Talk: Agbonlahor Happy At Villa
- Transfer Talk: Attack The Priority For O'Neill
More from Sunderland AFC
- Spurs 1 - 0 Sunderland: Bale Brilliance Sinks Paolo Di Canio's Side
- Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland Would Have Gone Down Without Me
- Transfer Talk: Simon Mignolet's Agent Rubbishes Talk Of A Move
- Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland Preview: SAFC To Play With 'Dignity'
- Paolo Di Canio Fires Holiday Threat At Sunderland Squad
- Sunderland Safe From Relegation: Reaction From Ex Player and Fanzines
- SAFC Boss Di Canio On Connor Wickham Frustration: I Have To Slap His Face
- Sunderland's Alfred N'Diaye Impressed By Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Related tags: Sport
- Newcastle 0 - 1 Arsenal: Final Day Defeat As Steve Harper Says Goodbye
- Danny Simpson Confirms Newcastle Exit
- Newcastle Boss Alan Pardew: I'm Staying At St James' Park
- Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley Offers £1Million Incentive To Beat Arsenal
- Newcastle United v Arsenal Preview: NUFC 'Owe A Performance'
- Dale Benkenstein Blow For Durham County Cricket Club
- Lance Armstrong's Life Story Trampled Underfoot In Newcastle
- Newcastle United Dad-To-Be Davide Santon Spared 99mph Driving Ban
Related tags: Football
- Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley Arrives At Training Ground In Helicopter
- Sports Direct News Apologises For Newcastle Rooney Bid Claims
- 'Not A Grain Of Truth' In Sports Direct News Report Of Newcastle Rooney Bid
- Yohan Cabaye Backs Newcastle's French Players To Come Good
Related tags: Sunderland
- Sunderland 1 - 1 Southampton: Di Canio Hails Important Point Against 'Better' Saints
- Transfer Talk: Sunderland In For Croatia Left Back Ivan Strinic
- Sunderland v Southampton Preview: Di Canio's Side Seek Safety Against Saints
- Transfer Talk: Maritimo Defender Valentin Roberge Set For Sunderland
- Sunderland Boss Di Canio: Sir Alex Ferguson Tried To Sign Me Twice
- Sunderland Boss Paolo Di Canio: Danny Rose Has Great Future
- Transfers Not On Head Coach Paolo Di Canio's Mind At Sunderland
- Sunderland Head Coach Paolo Di Canio Still Relishing Challenge