Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate said his patience has been tested by Mark Viduka who has yet to decide whether his future is at the club.
Viduka has been linked with a move to Newcastle
The Australia international will be available for free next month if he opts not to sign a new deal with Boro.
"I spoke to him but he was at a beach and in no rush - his biggest choice was which flavour ice-cream to have," Southgate told the Northern Echo.
"For us it would be handy to know. It hugely affects what we want to do."
Southgate added: "I do have ideas in mind if he was to go but they are not clear cut. It's not at the stage where I have put in any bids.
"We probably need a striker, because we are losing Malcolm Christie, so it's whether we need someone to replace him or to sit on the bench to develop."