Stoke lining up £10m raid on Sunderland
Published 23:01 15/06/11 By Alan Nixon - EXCLUSIVE
Stoke are ready to test Sunderland’s resolve to keep Asamoah Gyan – and launch a £10million bid.
The losing FA Cup finalists are giving boss Tony Pulis cash for a top-class signing and can offer the Ghanaian goalscorer big wages and a crack at European football next season.
Stoke have been alerted by an e-mail from a North East agent that big-money Gyan was available and they will make an offer to see how much he will cost.
Gyan has been linked with several clubs at home and abroad in recent months. But Stoke have the cash clout - and also took Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland when their money talked last summer.
Sunderland supemo Niall Quinn tried to distance himself from the e-mail, pointing the finger at the agent involved and claiming that he was working without the club’s permission.
MirrorSport has confirmed with several clubs that the e-mail was sent and includes Gyan’s name among a dozen or more others, many of these ‘for sale’ without their knowledge.
As one respected official said: “Clubs often do this, using agents to test the water. It gives them deniability. But it is very unusual when it comes to us in writing.”
Gyan only joined Steve Bruce’s club a year ago in a major move from French side Rennes and his form has blown hot and cold since.