Gyan departure imminent
Sunderland are close to agreeing a permanent deal with United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain to end Asamoah Gyan's unhappy spell in England.
The Ghanaian forward joined the Black Cats from French club Rennes in August 2010 for £13m, but relations turned sour after just one full campaign at the Stadium of Light.
Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce suggested that his head had been turned by agents and was reluctantly forced to let the club's record signing go out on loan to Al-Ain for the duration of last season, with the North-East outfit netting a £6m fee in the process.
Even the departure of the former Wigan boss last December failed to boost the club's hopes of bringing Gyan back to the Premier League, as the 26-year-old told Black Cats officials he wasn't interested in starting afresh under Bruce's successor Martin O'Neill.
The Northern Irishman will at least benefit from Gyan's exit as an additional £6m must be paid by the UAE outfit to conclude his transfer permanently.
The striker will reportedly earn around £140,000 tax free as part of the deal, which should be formally confirmed in the early part of next month.