Quite what it is about the smoggy industrial region that they don’t enjoy i’m not sure of, but the facts do seem to suggest that player recruitment is harder in that part of the world than say in Manchester!
In all seriousness, having been to the North East on numerous occasions I see no reason why footballers would have a problem living up that way, its hardly like the dark ages. It would appear though that Tottenham supremo Harry Redknapp is hoping that the pull of the bright lights of London might convince one of Sunderland’s stars to move on.
Reports from our friends over at The Sun are suggesting that Spurs are ready to make a move for Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan who has been moderately successful during his first season at the club.
Redknapp has been searching for answers to his striking problems all season, if the North London club fail to make the top 4 this year it will be down to the faltering forward line as opposed to anything else. The Ghanaian signed for Sunderland last Summer after a particularly successful World Cup, he cost £13million, and has performed pretty well so far. His form has dipped along with the teams more recently but up until Christmas he was in a rich vein of form and he has notched up 12 goals in 31 games, not bad for his first season in the Premier League.
The Sun report that there has been no contact between the 2 clubs yet, but that the striker is fully aware of the interest from Spurs, it is also speculated that his fellow countrymen John Mensah and Sulley Muntari will not be retained this Summer meaning that Gyan will be even more open to moving on.
Steve Bruce will not be overly keen on losing one of his prized assets as he looks to reshape his team for next season. It is critical that the manager makes a good start to next season, pressure has mounted on Bruce this year as their form has massively slipped and a bad start to the next campaign and he could soon get the chop, the loss of Gyan would definitely not help his cause either.
I can’t help but feel that the loss of the 25 year old would demonstrate a real lack of ambition. They sold Darren Bent in January if they were now to sell their other top striker it would be a sad state of affairs, if the club want to push on and go onto the next level they really need to hold onto some of their better players and losing these two would not send out a very good message.
As for Tottenham, I think he would be a fine addition to their squad. Gyan has demonstrated what a good player he is, and I would have thought that in a better team he could be even more devastating, it won’t be a cheap deal to fund but money is rarely a problem for Harry Redknapp.
There has previously been rumours circulating that Bayern Munich could also be interested in the striker, so should Sunderland chose to sell, it could be quite a close race for the players signature.
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