Report: Loan-chasing Sunderland suffer blow with Aalesund looking to sell Edwin Gyasi permanently

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Sunderland had hoped to bring Edwin Gyasi in during the January transfer window, but it appears that their hopes have suffered a setback.

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

According to the Daily Mail's live transfer feed (9th January 2018; 14:39), Sunderland have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Edwin Gyasi with Aalesund looking to offload the winger permanently.

Sunderland desperately need a productive transfer window. Chris Coleman's men are bottom of the Championship and now have to cope for the rest of the season without their leading goalscorer, with Lewis Grabban's loan spell at the Stadium of Light being prematurely terminated by Bournemouth.

A general view of the stadium as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

The Mail reports that Gyasi was a player that they are keen on, with the 27-year-old scoring six times and providing three assists in the league for Norwegian side this season.

However, the Mail's live transfer feed (9th January 2018; 14:39) reports that the Black Cats are only able to complete loan deals during this window and Aalesund only want to let Gyasi go if it is on a permanent basis, with an initial fee set at £600,000 before the total deal rises to a potential £1 million.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

What perhaps quashes Coleman's hopes even further is the fact that the Mail adds that Nottingham Forest, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday are also all keen on the Ghana international - and it may be optimistic on Sunderland's part to imagine that none of the trio would be willing to meet Aalesund's demands.

Of course, there is plenty of time left before the deadline, but with just one player through the door this month - with defender Jake Clarke-Salter arriving on loan from Chelsea - Sunderland fans will be hoping that the next few weeks prove extremely eventful for the club on the transfer front.

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