By Andy Sambidge
UAE football club agrees deal to take Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan on season-long loan
Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is set to join UAE side Al Ain on loan.
Officials from Al Ain made contact with Sunderland earlier in the week with a view to signing the player on a permanent deal.
After further discussions overnight however, it was agreed that the striker would join the club on a season-long loan, Sunderland said in a statement posted on its website.
Manager Steve Bruce said: "Anyone who has seen Asamoah play will know that he hasn't been himself in recent months. This option suits all parties at the present time and the club is well-protected in the deal.
"Asamoah has three years remaining on his contract and of course my wish would be that he finds his spark again and we see him in red and white stripes next season in the form that first attracted us to him."
Gyan joined Sunderland from French side Rennes in August 2010, making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats and scoring 11 goals.