Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan could be set to stay with United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain

Asamoah Gyan's move to the United Arab Emirates could become permanent.
Asamoah Gyan's move to the United Arab Emirates could become permanent.
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AL-AIN coach Cosmin Olaroiu is confident Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan will convert his loan deal into a permanent move during the summer.

The Black Cats hitman has proved a success in the Middle East since joining the United Arab Emirates side last September – his 10 goals helping Al-Ain to the top of their domestic league.

Al-Ain are keen to keep Gyan when his season-long loan expires and will attempt to agree a permanent switch with Sunderland at the end of the campaign.

Olaroiu said: “If you ask me for my opinion if Gyan wants to stay in Al-Ain, it is yes, but it is left for him to decide if he want to stay or not.

“From what I know about him and the way he acts, I know he feels good about this place.

“He is getting on well with the team, with us, the club management and with everybody around him.”

Read more about Gyan’s future, plus Craig Gardner’s feelings about new boss Martin O’Neill, in today’s Sportmail.