Black Cats boss gets his man
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has smashed the club's transfer record in a £13million swoop for World Cup star Asamoah Gyan.
Bruce finally got his hands on the Ghana international striker with just 20 minutes of the summer transfer window to spare when the 24-year-old completed his move from French Ligue 1 side Rennes. The fee is in excess of £13million and significantly higher than the initial £10million the club paid Tottenham for Darren Bent last summer.
He said: "As anyone who has watched Ghana recently or who watched the World Cup will tell you, Asamoah is a real livewire. He had a fantastic tournament in the summer and a lot of European clubs sat up and took notice."
He added: "I have been very keen to bring in another striker to add to the quality we have, but only when we felt the deal was right.
"We feel this is a great deal for the football club and Asamoah really wants to be here and in the Barclays Premier League, so I'm delighted he has joined us."
Owner Ellis Short has refused to spend for spending's sake during the most recent transfer window, and chairman Niall Quinn hinted last week that the purse strings might remain tightly closed. However, Bruce's case was helped by the knee injury youngster Fraizer Campbell sustained during Sunday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Manchester City, which will sideline him for at least six months, and substantive talks took place that night.
As for Campbell's misfortune, Bruce has ruled the 22-year-old former Manchester United attacker out of his plans until the closing months of the campaign.
"He has ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments so he's going to be out for at least six months," Bruce told Sky Sports News. "It's a tragedy."
But Bruce is certain Campbell will make a full recovery from the injury he sustained on Saturday, and prove his worth to the club. "Fraizer will be back. He's a larger-than-life character," said Bruce. "He was just starting to show what he was about. But make no mistake he'll be back and he'll be firing again."