The long-term future of Asamoah Gyan appears increasingly likely to lie away from the Stadium of Light after it emerged that a Dubai club has offered to take the forward on a permanent deal.
Gyan was in decent scoring form for the North East outfit, managing ten goals in just over 30 appearances for Sunderland.
However, the striker angered Wearsiders just before the beginning of this season when he opted to take a massive pay-rise in order to join United Arab Emirates side Al-Aid on a temporary deal.
The Arab outfit reportedly paid Sunderland an initial sum of £6m for the Ghanaian forward and Martin O’Neill’s side are supposedly willing to sell the 2010 World Cup favourite for a further £6m.
December reports stated that O’Neill was considering the possibility of keeping Gyan at Sunderland when his loan deal expired at the end of the current season but that now seems unlikely with clubs already making offers.
A clause in Gyan’s contract means that if Al-Ain were willing to stump up the cash, they would have a first refusal option on the forward’s signature.
That being said, the decision has to be made by the end of April whether or not the UAE side will submit the bid.
Al-Ain chief, Carlo Nohra, has stated that the club are keen on securing Gyan’s services on a permanent basis after the striker has scored 15 goals this campaign, but that the final decision would lie with the player.
Nohra commented: “We are delighted with his commitment and it is clear what the club means to him and he understands the role he plays in the team,” Nohra said. “The loyalty of players in the game has been questioned recently but you cannot question his loyalty.”
At this moment, it is unknown which Qatari side has submitted the offer but should Sunderland deem the 26 year-old surplus to requirements, Gyan could find his days at the Stadium of Light are soon to be over.