Sunderland Look to Use Funds from Asamoah Gyan Sale to Fund Bid for Wolves Striker Steven Fletcher

Black Cats boss keen on beefing up attacking options.

SUNDERLAND will move quickly to secure long-term target Steven Fletcher after yesterday receiving £7million for Asamoah Gyan.

Martin O’Neill’s interest in the Wolves striker is no secret and now the club has banked the cash for the Ghanaian, who as expected signed a four-year deal with Al Ain in the UAE, he can launch a bid.

The Journal understands Sunderland covered their original £13million outlay for Gyan, and the club will be glad they can finally draw a line under the issue.

Al Ain paid £6m for last season’s loan, and a statement from the Black Cats yesterday said: “Sunderland AFC can confirm that Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has joined United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain on a permanent deal.

SOURCE: The Journal

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill could well do with new attacking options. Last term his Black Cats side managed only 45 Premier League goals and their top scorer, Nicklas Bendtner, has since returned to Arsenal from his season long loan deal. Youngster Connor Wickham has failed to make an impact, Frazier Campbell is still finding his feet following long term injury and Ji Dong-Won appeared out of his depth when called upon.

O’Neill had to depend a great deal on goals from midfielders and wingers such as Sebastian Larsson, Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean.

Fletcher had a great season individually last term, scoring 12 Premier League goals from 26 starts despite Wolves finishing rock bottom. The Scot deserves to be playing in the top tier and would surely jump at the chance of an instant return with Sunderland.

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