Ghana's Asamoah Gyan dashes West Ham United's hopes with new Al Ain deal
English side West Ham’s hopes of signing target Asamoah Gyan have gone up in smoke after the Ghana captain pledged his future to Al Ain after signing a four-year contract extension with the Abu Dhabi club.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce made enquiries to sign the former Sunderland striker during the January transfer window and – with the objective of bringing more attacking flair to Upton Park this season – had been linked with a summer swoop.
Allardyce has been given the go-ahead to land a new forward after seeing Andy Carroll ruled out with long-term injury, but there will be no east London move for Gyan after he decided to commit his future to Al Ain.
The 28-year-old joined Sunderland for £13m back in August 2010 but joined Al Ain on loan just 13 months later in a lucrative move which reportedly quadrupled his wages.
And he made the deal permanent in 2012 – although the striker, who has scored 82 goals in 66 Arabian Gulf League games, has been regularly linked with a Premier League return.
But he has now ruled that out after commiting to Al Ain until 2018.
“I am very happy to extend my contract here until 2018 and I thank the club’s board, management and all the fans for their support,” he wrote on his personal website Asamoahgyan3.com.
“I have been happy here since I arrived in 2011 and I hope to help the side to keep winning.”