AL-AIN claim a deal to keep Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan in the Middle East on a permanent basis is “a case of completing formalities.”
The on-loan Black Cats hitman helped Al-Ain claim a record 10th league title on Friday after a 2-0 victory over defending champions Al Jazira sealed the United Arab Emirates crown.
Gyan’s loan deal comes to an end in June, with Sunderland keen to cash-in on the 25-year-old after leaving the Stadium of Light last September – a little over a year since moving in a £13million switch from Rennes.
Al-Ain face competition for the Ghanaian’s signature from several outfits in the UAE and Qatar, but chief executive Carlo Nohra is confident of completing a deal.
Nohra said: “Everyone knows he’s on a loan agreement with an option to buy.
“We’ve made it clear we want to keep him and he’s made it clear he wants to stay.
“Now it’s just a case of completing formalities with Sunderland.
“As with any transfer, I’m hopeful, but won’t be 100 per cent confident until I see his signature on the dotted line.
“Gyan has been instrumental this season. Every player contributed in their own way but what we expected of him was high and he duly delivered. We’d like to keep him and we expect much more from him next season.”