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Date: 14 December 2018

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Sunderland capture Gyan

[Posted 03 Sep 2010]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
Gyan has moved from Rennes to Sunderland in England for more than 13m

On Monday 31 August, right on the deadline of the European transfer window, Steve Bruce's Sunderland made a club record signing when they successfully captured Ghana's World Cup star, Asamoah Gyan.

Gyan completed a move from Rennes to the English Barclays Premier League for an amount "in excess of 13m" according to a BBC report.

The former Rennes player signed a four year deal with the Black Cats, and is set to make his debut for his new club on 11 September in a league match against Wigan Athletics.

Bruce was naturally ecstatic at the capture of his long time target and for being the first coach to break the club's player signing record in the process.

"It's a fantastic signing for us," Bruce told the BBC on Monday.

"It's a hell of a lot of money in today's climate but the owner understood the necessity and we've managed to bring in another top class striker. We're making huge strides.

"I tried to sign him last summer but it wasn't possible," added Bruce.

 Gyan hailed the spirit of the Sunderland fans and cited it as part of the motivation for his move to the Black Cats.

"The Sunderland fans never say die. They keep cheering on for 90 minutes. That gives me confidence to play maximum football," said Gyan, who recently scored three goals for Ghana at the World Cup in South Africa.

"I follow English football and I know Sunderland have incredible fans," added the Black Stars forward.

Gyan started his professional football career with Liberty Professionals in his homeland Ghana. His exploits in the Ghanaian topflight league earned him a dream move to Italian Serie A side Udinese in 2003.

From Udinese, the man who is called 'Baby Jet' by his team mates in the Black Stars squad, was captured by French Ligue 1 side Rennes for 8m euros in 2008. The striker, who initially struggled to score goals due to injury among other factors, managed to score 14 goals in 47 appearances for Rennes.

In Africa, Ghana will be remembered for his heroic performances for Ghana at the first World Cup on African soil between June 11 and July 11 this year. Gyan went on to agonisingly miss a last ditch penalty against Uruguay in a tense extra-time of a quarter-final encounter. A goal could have been enough to see Ghana through to the semi-finals.

Gyan, who is regarded as "The Man" in the Black Stars squad for his guts and mental strength, managed to pick himself up to score in the penalty shoot-out show which Uruguay went on to win, and qualify for the semi-final, and cruelly eliminated favourites Ghana in the process.

Africa will be hoping that Gyan will suffer the fate of another African star El Haji Diouf of Senegal who made a big move after a great world cup performance, and then went on to struggle at Liverpool who had signed him on the strength of his major tournament pedigree. 

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