Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is set to join United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain on a season-long loan from Sunderland.

Sunderland today confirmed the news in a club statement.

"Officials from Al-Ain made contact with Sunderland earlier in the week with a view to signing the player on a permanent deal. After further discussions overnight however, it was agreed that the striker would join the club on a season-long loan.

"Sunderland AFC would like to thank the officials from Al-Ain for the professional manner in which they entered into negotiations and the club wishes all parties well." The 25-year-old is expected to revert back to the Black Cats after the loan period as Manager Steve Bruce says he hopes Gyan returns in the best of forms.

"Anyone who has seen Asamoah play will know that he hasn't been himself in recent months," said the Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.

"This option suits all parties at the present time and the club is well-protected in the deal.

"Asamoah has three years remaining on his contract and of course my wish would be that he finds his spark again and we see him in red and white stripes next season in the form that first attracted us to him."

Gyan joined Sunderland from French side Rennes in August 2010, making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats and scoring 11 goals.

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