Sunderland’s Asamoah Gyan coy on Spurs link

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ASAMOAH Gyan has been coy about stories linking him with a move to Tottenham, insisting there has been no contact between him and the Londoners.

Sunderland’s £13million record signing said: “I am not aware of any contact from Spurs. I have a contract with Sunderland and at the moment it is rumours.

“I was in London three weeks ago for an award in London with my good friend John Pantsil, not for a meeting with Spurs.”

However the former Rennes striker (pictured below) hardly helped to kill the rumours when he added: “Spurs are a fantastic club and any player would be flattered by their interest, so I am.

“But there is nothing I can do if Sunderland want to keep me.”

Rumours are rife in the Ghanaian’s homeland that he would fancy a move to London after allegedly falling out with the management at Sunderland over the departures of his international team-mates John Mensah and Sulley Muntari from the Stadium of Light.

But Sunderland are looking to strengthen their options up front, rather than weaken them and would not want to let him leave.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is known to fancy signing Gyan this summer, but he wants to keep hold of Peter Crouch just as much as Steve Bruce wants to hang on to Gyan.

When the summer horse-trading gets into full swing, it is quite possible that a swap deal plus money could take place.

But the likelihood, at this moment in time, is that both players will still be at their respective clubs at the start of next season – especially as Redknapp would be happy to offload Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and even Jermain Defoe, before Crouch.

It is unlikely Spurs will have the money to buy Gyan outright, unless their impending summer sales also include their star asset Gareth Bale.

But as events this week, with Jordan Henderson and Liverpool and Phil Jones and Manchester United have shown, things can move pretty quickly when clubs reach agreement and agents work behind the scenes.