Just over 12 months ago Asamoah Gyan was well on his way to firmly establishing himself as a fans favourite on Wearside, however an argument with Steve Bruce has lead the Ghanaian to be found on loan at Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates.
So far in his time in the UAE Gyan has managed 11 goals in 10 league appearances, and according to The Daily Mirror Al-Ain are eager to capture the man who’s goals have fired them five points clear at the top of The Pro League table on a more permanent basis.
The Daily Mirror suggest that Al-Ain have already paid £6 million to gain the services of Gyan on loan for the season and that a deal is in place where the club can secure the transfer of Gyan, if Sunderland still wish to sell the player, for a further £3 million.
Speculation is riff that at least one further club in the Middle East has launched a bid for the forward but Al-Ain chief exectutive Carlo Nohra appears confident that his side will get their man. The Daily Mirror quotes Nohra as stating,
“We are in the driving seat and we will remain in that position until the clauses in the deal expire.”
However one possibility is that Gyan could return to the North-East. It was a disagreement with the previous management that heralded the exit of the Ghanaian rather than a lack of ability, meaning a change of management could pave the way for a return to the Premiership.
O’Neil’s side look desperatly in need of a front man who can guarantee goals as current options are limited. Nicklas Bendtner’s scoring form is indifferent to say the least and despite his England call up Frazier Campbell has just one Premiership goal to his name this season, meaning Asamoah Gyan could be just the player Martin O’Neil is looking for.
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