West Ham and Stoke want ex-Sunderland star Gyan as Manchester United eye Napoli striker

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FORMER Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan is wanted by two Premier League clubs this month.

The Ghana striker was an initial hit on Wearside after a £12m move before stunning the Black Cats by quitting the club for the United Arab Emirates.

But he could return to the Premier League this month as Talksport reports that West Ham and Stoke are set to battle it out to land the 28-year-old on loan from Al Ain.

That is one of a number of eye-catching transfer stories in today’s newspapers.

Manchester United feature heavily as david Moyes looks to strengthen his squad.

here is a selection of some of the best headlines:

After failing in a bid to sign John Obi Mikel, 26, Napoli boss Rafael Benitez hopes to sign another Chelsea midfielder, 31-year-old Michael Essien. Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Everton Ribeiro, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder heavily linked with Manchester United, has been the subject of an unsuccessful transfer offer from an unnamed English club, the player’s agent has confirmed. Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is set to block Schalke’s move for Lewis Holtby, 23, because he does not want to help Arsenal land Julian Draxler by providing the Germans with the midfielder’s replacement. Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Nacer Chadli’s agent has said the 24-year-old Belgian winger may have to leave Tottenham to secure his place at the World Cup, after failing to impress in his first season at White Hart Lane. Full story: Daily Star

Tiago Ilori will be allowed to leave Liverpool on loan in January with Spanish sides Valencia and Granada interested in signing the 20-year-old defender. Full story: Liverpool Echo

Manchester United are monitoring Napoli forward Marek Hamsik, 26. Full story: Daily Star

Meanwhile, manager David Moyes watched Paris St-Germain’s 21-year-old forward Lucas Moura this week with a view to landing the £30m-rated Brazilian. Full story: Daily Star

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 23, will decide between moves to Real Madrid or Manchester United in the summer. Full story: Metro