Saudi Arabian side Al Ettifaq are refusing to play Ghana striker Prince Tagoe after the youngster opted not extend his expiring contract with the club.
Al Ettifaq rebuffed several approaches from several top European clubs to sign the international forward at the start of the season.
The 22-year-old decided not to stay with the club after the Saudis yet again refused to listen to offers from two Italian clubs this week.
But Tagoe has found a way of exiting by turning down a fresh contract from the club which has prompted Al Ettifaq to send him to the second team.
The Saudi club stand to gain some cash if they release him now or face the prospect of the striker leaving for free at the end of the season.
The club’s action is likely to affect the team’s standing in the league as the Ghanaian is the side’s top scorer and among the competition’s leading goal getters.
Tagoe is reported to be furious over the move to send him to the second team and he is insisting on his threats of quitting the club at the end of the season.
The striker is keen on moving to Europe prove his worth and cement a place as one of the leading player from Africa.
Clubs from Germany, France, Spain and Italy are still keen on signing the striker.