Asamoah Gyan out but Louis Saha could be a new Cat

ASAMOAH GYAN'S permanent departure from Sunderland is "95 per cent" complete, while Louis Saha has revealed he "would consider" replacing the Ghanaian at the Stadium of Light.

Asamoah Gyan in action for Sunderland
Asamoah Gyan in action for Sunderland

ASAMOAH GYAN'S permanent departure from Sunderland is "95 per cent" complete, while Louis Saha has revealed he "would consider" replacing the Ghanaian at the Stadium of Light.

Gyan joined United Arab Emirates outfit Al Ain in a £6 million loan move last September, and led the side to a 10th Pro League title, with 22 goals in 18 games.

Though the Black Cats spent a club record £13.1 million to bring the striker to Wearside from Rennes in August 2010, they are understood to be keen to relinquish him from the remaining two years of his contract.

And Al Ain CEO Carlo Nohra insists a deal for the 26-year-old is close to completion, with reports in Abu Dhabi claiming Sunderland are in line for a further £3.5 million.

“We have taken the option available to us to purchase the player outright from Sunderland and we’re going through the process of finalising that as we speak,” said Nohra.

“We don’t have an official announcement on that because the deal is not completed yet but it is well on the way.

“It’s 95 per cent done and I would expect an announcement early in July.

“An agreement has more or less been agreed between the two clubs and we are now just waiting to get contracts signed with Sunderland and with Asamoah.”

Nohra’s pronouncements echo similar sentiments Gyan himself made earlier in the week.

And though he has attracted interest from clubs in Russia and neighbouring Qatar, the forward has now reiterated his desire to stay in the UAE.

“We are still in negotiations so hopefully I might stay at Al Ain,” he said. “I’ve done a great job. Definitely

people will like me to stay. Personally I am also happy over there.

“When you do well, definitely clubs will come after you. For now I am thinking of Al Ain, only Al Ain, so let’s see what happens. I am still young and I still have a lot of years ahead.”

The same may not be true of Saha, but the 33-year-old does appear to be willing to commit the next chapter of his career to Sunderland.

The former Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Everton striker is a free agent, following his release by Tottenham.

Though he scored three goals in nine appearances for the White Hart Lane side, Saha’s six-month spell in north London ended on a sour note when he was criticised by Spurs fans for congratulating Chelsea on winning the Champions League, an accomplishment which effectively consigned Tottenham to the Europa League despite finishing fourth in the Premier League.

That, and Harry Redknapp’s departure, mean the Frenchman is unlikely to extend his stay at Tottenham, and after sources earlier this week linked him with Sunderland, as well as West Ham, Saha admitted he could be tempted by a move to the Stadium of Light.

“I would consider going to Sunderland,” he said.

“Anything can happen in the transfer market though, it’s always a tense time. It’s all about making the right choices and the nice thing is to have options.”

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