The Liverpool flop is expected to leave the club this summer.
The 25-year-old has majorly struggled to fulfill his potential in recent years, scoring two league goals in the past two seasons for Liverpool and AC Milan respectively.
The Mirror listed him as one of several players who manager Jurgen Klopp - who inherited him from Brendan Rodgers - could sell this summer, along with the likes of Lazar Markovic and Christian Benteke among others.
Rodgers spent £16 million on bringing the former Manchester City man to Merseyside two years ago but it's proven to be a bad deal for all concerned, and Nicol hopes to see the back of the China-linked forward once and for all this summer.
"He had desire [at Manchester City]. He had discipline, to go with the talent because without those first two then talent isn't enough," he told ESPN.
"Since then, he's clearly lost all that desire and discipline. This guy, in my opinion, has no chance and the sooner he goes to the Chinese league, the better for everybody."
One Premier League goal in 16 outings sums up his Liverpool woes and there will be no tears from Reds fans if and when the club get rid of him.
He did have talent, but talent alone is not enough in any occupation to succeed and the Italy international seems to be discovering that the hard way.