Transfer deadline day and the excitement mounts. Unless things go horribly wrong – medical, gazumping etc – Asamoah Gyan should be a Sunderland player by tonight. The French daily Ouest-France, having got it wrong yesterday (saying Gyan was staying) now quotes the Rennes manager Frédéric Antonetti as confirming, after today’s training session, his departure in our direction. Let’s hope the goalscoring celebration dance in this clip will be repeated many times in our colours. Are other deals, in or out of the Stadium of Light, in the offing too?…
Of course we could just wait until 6pm, by which time there has to be a decision and therefore, presumably, an announcement.
But it wouldn’t be as much fun.
For the moment, we must simply hope that Radio Monte Carlo has better sources than the Rennes-based daily newsppaper Ouest France, which yesterday had Gyan staying with the French club for another season.
RMC Sport reports that Gyan will, barring any last-minute hitch, sign a four-year contract today at a fee of £11.5m, which sounds like crazy money but reflects today’s realities in those areas of the football transfer market where life goes on as if there were no crisis.
Will there be some outward movement to help balance the books? Was the Man United interest in Cattermole, at roughly the same price, just meaningless paper/agent talk? Will Bruce manage to offload any of the players still picking up hefty wage packets without hope of being regular members of the first team? Is young Waghorn, already getting Premier football experience, really off to Leicester? And is there still another acquisition to be made – another Rennes player, the right back Rod Fanni, has been mentioned – before the door shuts tight until January?
All will be clear tonight. With Campbell out for a long time, we need the news to be good on Gyan. Maybe John Mensah has been putting in a good word in his ear about the club, city and the region.
What is heartening is to see Sunderland AFC competing somewhere near the top of the tree in seeking to bring in world-class talent. It will then fall to Bruce to build on Sunday’s hugely encouraging win, galvanise the squad to produce equal commitment and urgency at unfashionable away grounds – starting at Wigan – and inch higher than our present 10th.
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