On-loan Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is attracting interest from several clubs in the Middle East, as his time there nears a conclusion.
Gyan’s future at the Stadium of Light continues to look uncertain, despite the arrival of Martin O’Neill as Black Cats boss.
O’Neill is still to hold talks with the Ghana hitman after succeeding Steve Bruce, with little indication that the 26-year-old wants to return to Wearside after September’s orchestrated move to the United Arab Emirates.
Gyan’s loan club, Al-Ain, are keen to convert his £6m move into a permanent switch and are likely to have the finances available to meet Sunderland’s asking price for the former Udinese forward.
But there has been interest elsewhere in the UAE for Gyan, who has hit 10 goals in helping Al-Ain to the top of their domestic league, and has provided a timely boost to the profile of Middle East football ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
O’Neill told the Gazette: ”I don’t think the position has changed that much. But there was another club out there in the United Arab Emirates looking at his services.
“I know I said some weeks ago that I’d be hoping to speak to him.
“But one day has run into the next, and I haven’t had chance.”
Al-Ain will remain in pole position for Gyan, who has been richly rewarded for his season-long spell with Cosmin Olaroiu’s side, earning an estimated net fee of £3.5m in wages.
Certainly, it’s difficult to see Gyan returning to Sunderland, with the striker alienating both supporters and the club’s hierarchy with his attempts to earn a move away at the start of the season.
Al-Ain manager Romanian Olaroiu has publicly claimed that he expects Gyan to remain with his club beyond this season.
But he added: ”In the end, he is the one to decide on whether he stays here.”