Sunderland reject bid for Asamoah Gyan from Turkish side Fenerbahce

NO DEAL ... a bid for Asamoah Gyan has been rejected.
NO DEAL ... a bid for Asamoah Gyan has been rejected.
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SUNDERLAND have turned down flat a bid from Turkish side Fenerbahce for star striker Asamoah Gyan, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.

The Black Cats’ record signing was a target for the Turks last summer after they failed to prise Darren Bent from Wearside and it was their interest in the then Rennes forward which helped drive Sunderland’s eventual buying price up to £13million.

They have come in again, hoping to tempt Sunderland to cash in on a player who has yet to find any form this season.

But the offer – considerably less than Sunderland paid for the player last year – has been rejected out of hand.

And it is hoped that the Wearsiders’ desire to keep their star striker might spark a resurgence in the sort of form which attracted plenty of plaudits last season.

Gyan scored 13 goals last season, with manager Steve Bruce backing him to bag more in his second season in Premier League football.

Bruce hopes the Ghanaian will go close to 20 goals this time around, but so far the forward has been a shadow of his former self in the first four games of the campaign.

If his head had been turned about the prospect of a possible move to another club, then that prospect is now at an end. And that will leave the striker free to concentrate on the prospect of doing all he can to find the sort of form which has made him such a legend in his own country for his performances for Ghana and which first endeared him to Sunderland fans.