Australian striker Jamie Maclaren may be forced to stay in Germany with club side SV Darmstadt 98 not interested in letting the 24-year-old go.
Maclaren moved to the side from Brisbane Roar at the start of last season but a change of coaches in December saw his role become unclear and game time hard to come by.
After making just seven appearances off the bench, Maclaren was loaned to Scottish side Hibernian where he starred - scoring eight goals across 15 league games.
That form propelled him to Socceroos World Cup selection and has seen a flood of interest in the former Perth Glory attacker.
Previously eager to secure a move away from Germany with Hibernian just one possible permanent destination, Maclaren must now push hard for a transfer with Darmstadt eager to keep him.
Maclaren played 30 minutes for the club in a pre-season friendly against Huddersfield over the weekend with the coach Dirk Schuster stressing how much they value the Australian.
“We have explained to Jamie how we see the coming season playing out,” said Schuster post-match.
“He told us his point of view, but so far no outcome has been reached.
“We will sit down with him and discuss whether there is any concrete desire for a change of club. There is certainly none with us.
“After we clear the air, we will hopefully have a fit, healthy and happy player in our squad.
“This season, we will have the likes of Hamburg and Cologne in the league. We need the best possible squad to challenge, which includes Jamie.”
Darmstadt, who play in Germany's second division, finished tenth last season with only one player managing to score more than 10 goals.
Favoured strikers Terrence Boyd and Felix Platte managed just nine goals between them, opening the door for Maclaren to come back and make an impact.