Edwin Gyasi may move to the Championship this month but with Norwich City or Fulham rather than Sunderland.
Sunderland fans probably do not need a reminder about how tough it is for their cash-strapped club to sign players this month. But they are about to get one regardless.
It is understood that his club want £600,000 up front in a deal that could rise to £1 million; a pocket change fee for most clubs but, as it turned out, a little steep for Sunderland.
The report states that the Black Cats had wanted to bring Gyasi to the Stadium of Light on loan with the Ghana international out of Sunderland’s reach financially. It is a rather cruel example of just how difficult things are for Sunderland now, especially as many Championship clubs could pay £1 million without a second thought.
Quick and blessed with an eye for goal, you can see why Norwich and Fulham are interested in Gyasi.
The 26-year-old, who has one goal in two games for Ghana, could offer some creativity and attacking thrust for a Norwich side who lost key man Alex Pritchard to Huddersfield Town this month.
Fulham, meanwhile, are on an excellent run of form which has put them within touching distance of the top six. But Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are still lacking that same spark in the final third that saw them finish last season as the Championship’s joint top scorers.
A turgid Sunderland attack, however, is crying out for a player of Gyasi’s ilk. But even for just £1 million, his signing looks impossible.
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