Birmingham City chairman David Sullivan has accused Dwight Yorke of being disrespectful to the clubs supporters and lazy.
As the Trinidad & Tobago international mulls over a move to the A-League, Sullivan told the UK tabloid The Sun: “Dwight Yorke is being paid £20,000 a week by Birmingham and has not been one of our most successful signings.
“He is a straggler, which is not enthralling for the fans.
“He does not appear to be very energetic which is disrespectful to Birmingham City fans.
"He appeared to not even break into a sweat against Blackburn. In our performance against Chelsea last week Mehdi Nafti ran his socks off, Walter Pandiani ran his socks off.
“That is what people want to see at Birmingham - total effort.”
A-League club Sydney FC is awaiting an answer from Yorke as to whether he will sign for them. A decision is expected tomorrow.
Birmingham meanwhile is believed to be prepared to make up any shortfall in wages, just to offload the striker. Yorke will not feature for the Blues again, as the 33-year-old is two games away from triggering a clause which means it will be forced to offer him a new, year long contract.