Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce says that he would understand if South Africa striker Benni McCarthy sought to leave the club during the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old frontman has made just one Premier League start for the Ewood Park club this term and is desperate for first-team action with the World Cup finals in his homeland on the horizon.
Allardyce said:"At his age I'd understand if he wants to play first-team football and at the moment he can't get it here. If he wants to get it somewhere else I'd understand that.
"Benni wants to play football. For me last year he was excellent particularly at home in our plight to climb out of the relegation zone.
"I was looking forward to the start of the season with him but all of a sudden we put David Dunn in at Gillingham away in the hole behind a front man.
"He played so wonderfully well in that game that we have continued that position for him in the first team. He has grasped that position so well that he is our top, top player at this moment in time.
"There is a price to be met if someone wants to buy Benni McCarthy.
"If the club is happy with that price we will go to Benni and say we've accepted a deal from a certain club. Now it's up to you to see if you can sort your side of it out.
"But we would have to have a replacement for him to allow it develop into him being transferred."