Sunderland could terminate their loan agreement with Tottenham for DeAndre Yedlin, report the Shields Gazette.
The Black Cats are planning a clear out amid their own frenetic attempts to add players to their squad, and ending Yedlin's loan and sending him back to Spurs is one of the options the club is considering.
Ola Toivonen's loan from Rennes is also at risk of being ended early.
Yedlin, 22, is on a season long loan from Spurs, having joined from Seattle Sounders a year ago.
He signed in the summer of 2014 but was loaned back to the MLS side, before making the switch in January, but only played one game for the club as a substitute.
The right-back was sent out on loan to gain experience, and that he certainly has done at Sunderland, but it has not all been positive with the club sitting in 19th place in the Premier League.
It is their lowly league position which is prompting boss Sam Allardyce to consider all options.
Yedlin was part of his side when he took over, but has been on the bench in recent weeks. The American has not started a Premier League game since the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on December 5.
At Tottenham his future is unclear. Kyle Walker has returned to form, while Spurs signed right-back Kieran Trippier in the summer, who already looks like a superior back-up to Yedlin.