FEVERISH speculation that Asamoah Gyan would be transferred to Turkey yesterday proved unfounded as the window closed in that country without any movement from the Sunderland player.
The Turkish transfer window closed at 10pm last night – almost a week later than England’s – and that gap fuelled speculation that Gyan (left), rumoured to be unsettled at Sunderland, was on his way out of Wearside.
Galatasaray, Fenerbache and Besiktas were all credited with strong interest in Sunderland’s record signing.
But Sunderland were never going to let the player go with boss Steve Bruce’s side currently struggling for goals – even if there had been serious bids for him.
It means that Gyan, the only really proven Premier League goalscorer the club currently has on its books, will be a Sunderland player until the January transfer window at least
The signs are that all is not well in terms of Gyan’s relationship with Sunderland in the wake of a poor pre-season and a very indifferent start to the season with no goals so far.
Stories have circulated claiming the player – what sat out Ghana’s 1-0 international friendly defeat to Brazil last night – has submitted a transfer request while others have suggested Sunderland were considering offloading him if the right deal came along.
But the reality is that Sunderland have not been offered anywhere near the £12m they paid for him last summer and at the moment they cannot afford to let him go anyway.
Bruce has said that youthful summer signings Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won are not ready for regular Premier League action. And while those two are players for the future, the pairing of Gyan with former Paris St Germain winger Stephane Sessgenon up front this season has yet to pay dividends.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was signed on a season-long loan by Sunderland last week and the big Dane is expected to add an extra dimension to Sunderland’s attack.
But had Gyan been allowed to leave this month, Sunderland’s scoring options would have been severely limited.