With Norwich reportedly leading Edwin Gyasi chase, Sunderland's failed move reflects harsh reality

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.

Edwin Gyasi may move to the Championship this month but with Norwich City or Fulham rather than Sunderland.

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.

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.

According to the Sun, Brighton, Norwich City and Fulham are all competing to sign winger Edwin Gyasi from Norwegian outfit Aalesunds.

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.

Sunderland fans look on 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 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.

Alex Pritchard of Norwich City (R) celebrates with Jonathan Howson (L) after David Stockdale of Brighton and Hove Albion (not pictured) scores his second own goal during the Sky Bet...

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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