SUNDERLAND striker Asamoah Gyan has today completed a permanent switch to the Middle East.
Gyan moved to United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain last September on a season-long loan, just over a year after arriving at the Stadium of Light.
There has been no way back for the Ghana striker and he has now agreed a permanent deal with Al-Ain for an undisclosed fee.
Gyan scored 25 times in last season’s title-winning campaign for Al-Ain and despite interest from elsewhere in the Middle East, along with Turkish outfit Galatasary, he has opted to remain at the club.
The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year deal, with wages rumoured to be in the region of £140,000 a week.
Sunderland agreed a £13million record fee to sign Gyan from Rennes in the summer of 2010 after an impressive showing from the former Udinese man at the World Cup.
But the Black Cats are not thought to have paid that much for Gyan, due to a number of add-ons that were incorporated into the deal.
Sunderland received a £6million loan fee when Gyan first moved to Al-Ain and they are thought to have received a transfer fee around the same mark to avoid a loss on the deal.