Asamoah Gyan of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly match between Burnley and Sunderland at Turf Moor (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
Asamoah Gyan has moved to UAE side Al-Ain on loan from Sunderland
In a bizarre move, Sunderland have loaned out Ghanaian international striker Asamoah Gyan to Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Gyan was purchased by Sunderland for £13 million from Rennes in Ligue 1 last season, and he was impressive when he played, scoring 10 league goals in 21 starts and 10 substitute appearances. Al-Ain confirmed the deal on their website.
Why Sunderland would be willing to loan out Gyan or why the player would be willing to take a loan to the United Arab Emirates is hard to figure out. Sunderland had been reportedly trying to offload Gyan in the European transfer window, but were unsuccessful. Gyan claimed multiple times that he had not asked to leave the club and that he was happy playing for Sunderland, despite rumors that he asked to leave the club.
Sunderland have brought in Nicklas Bendtner on loan from Arsenal, so their depth shouldn't be significantly damaged by Gyan's departure. However, there's little doubt that Gyan is the most accomplished striker in the team, and it seems absolutely ludicrous that the team would be willing to loan him out in September, bad attitude or not.
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