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Gyan seals Wearside departure.

ASAMOAH GYAN'S flirtation with English football came to an end yesterday when he completed a permanent move from Sunderland to the United Arab Emirates.

The 26-year-old Ghana international, who signed a four-year deal when he arrived at the Stadium of Light in August 2010, left for Al-Ain having managed a little more than one season on Wearside.

Gyan spent most of last season on loan to the UAE club and has now committed his long-term future to them by signing a four-year deal.

A Sunderland statement said: "Sunderland AFC can confirm that Ghana international Asamoah Gyan has joined United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain on a permanent deal.

WORLD CUP STAR: Asamoah Gyan "The striker initially joined the recently-crowned Etisalat Pro-League champions on loan in September 2011 but will now remain in the Gulf state after the clubs agreed undisclosed terms."

It is understood the Black Cats received around pounds 6million in an initial loan fee, and have accepted a similar amount to end their association with the player.

The deal which brought Gyan to Wearside in the first place amounted to in excess of pounds 13million, although a proportion of that was dependent on add-ons which have not been triggered.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:7UNIT
Date:Jul 7, 2012
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