The agent of Galatasaray winger Bruma has admitted they'd be interest in re-signing for Sporting Lisbon.
The average displays of Sunderland wingers Adam Johnson and Will Buckley mean that manager Gus Poyet is prioritising the signing of a winger in January.
Reports last week suggested that Ajax star Lasse Schone was a cut-price option for the Black Cats with his contract set to expire next summer, but Poyet's top target is believed to be Galatasaray's Bruma.
The 20-year-old speedster was born in Guinea-Bissau but has represented Portugal at every youth level so far, even though he's been a bit-part figure for Galatasaray.
His lack of playing time in Turkey is even more bizarre given that Galatasaray went through a lengthy wrangle to sign him from Sporting Lisbon in 2013, paying around €10m to finally pry him away from Portugal.
With Bruma desperate for first team football, it seems virtually assured that he will be loaned out in the January transfer window, with Sunderland pushing to take him on loan for six months.
However, reports in Turkey on Wednesday speculated that he could end up heading back to Sporting Lisbon on loan, and his agent Catio Balde has admitted that whilst there has been no contact yet, they'd be interested in a shock return to the club.
"We have not had contact with Sporting Lisbon, but if they express an interest, we are willing to talk about the future of Bruma," said Balde.
It's the latest blow for Sunderland in the race to sign the talented wide man, with a return to his former club potential more appealing than a temporary move to the North East.