The Frenchman, 33, looks set to leave Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua next month after a wages Âdispute â and a move back to England is on the cards.
âWe are looking for good players and Anelka is a good player,â McDonald said.
âHe had a fantastic Ârelationship with Sam.â
McDonald also distanced the club from reports they are set to ditch on-loan striker Andy Carroll, saying: âHeâs had a bad injury. Hopefully, when he comes back he is playing for us.â