Sunderland striker Gyan open to offers

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ASAMOAH Gyan is open to offers from anywhere in the world as he ponders his summer exit from Sunderland.

The Ghana striker is in negotiations with temporary employers Al-Ain over converting his loan switch into a permanent deal after helping the United Arab Emirates outfit seal the league title.

Al-Ain are confident of sealing a move for Gyan, with negotiations continuing to progress with Sunderland, who are ready to cash in on the 26-year-old.

But Gyan is in demand across the Middle East and further afield and will contemplate his next move carefully when his lucrative loan deal with Al-Ain expires.

Gyan said: “It could be anywhere and I’m ready to go anywhere and I need to make the right decision.

“I think any decision I make has to be the right decision for me, not for the people.

“There are quite a few clubs interested and I will see what is the best option before making a decision.”

Gyan is careful not to close the door on remaining with Al-Ain though, after netting 24 times since quitting Wearside last September.

“Honestly, I’m very happy. Since I came here, everything seems to be perfect,” he said.

“Definitely if you go somewhere and everything there is perfect you want to stay, but we are still in negotiations and we will have to wait and see until the end of my loan deal.

“I’d say the Premier League is the top in the world and I do respect that. I’ve tasted it before, I know the difference.

“Talking about the UAE League, I’d say the slight difference is the atmosphere, the fans shouting, pushing their players to go higher, that’s the only thing. I don’t see that here, but, in terms of football, I see the same thing.”

Certainly, there is next to no chance of Gyan returning to the Stadium of Light in the summer.

Gyan left the club under a cloud at the start of the season after orchestrating a move to the UAE, albeit Sunderland cashed in on a £6million loan fee.

Martin O’Neill has made no attempt to send an olive branch to the striker signed by Steve Bruce for £13m in the summer of 2010, with the Black Cats boss happy for the club to part ways with the African hitman.

Gyan admitted: “I haven’t spoken to anybody (from Sunderland) since I’ve been here.

“I heard the manager wanted to call me, I waited for his call but no call came. I am still here.”

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