World Cup striker signs for UAE club

Gyan joins Al Ain on season-long loan from Sunderland

UAE Pro League side Al Ain have swooped to sign Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan from Premier League side Sunderland.

Gyan, 25, one of the stars of last year’s World Cup in South Africa, will join the nine-time Pro League champions on a sensational season-long loan.

He follows the earlier UAE arrivals of Grafite and Luis Jimenez (Al Ahli), Lucas Neill (Al Jazira) and David Trezeguet (Bani Yas).

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce have revealed his frustration at losing the forward, admitting he can't see a way back for Gyan, who cost the club £13million (Dh78m) less than a year ago.

After his side's 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea, Bruce was asked if Gyan could return to the Black Cats to see out the final two years of his contract. He said: "He can, but I can't see it. He's been unsettled now, if we are being brutally honest, for weeks and months.

"Real Madrid was the first one, which I laughed at five months ago, but it started with that and it's ended up with the United Arab Emirates. It's disappointing, but we draw a line under it."

"If you don't want to play for the team and play for the club and play for the jersey, then what's the point? We decided to cut the best deal possible and we move on."

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