Bruce determined to keep Gyan

The Ghana international striker has been linked with a move away

from the Stadium of Light after just 12 months on Wearside with

Tottenham reportedly among his admirers. However, having signed

Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won to complement the former Rennes

frontman, Bruce is determined to hang on to him. The Black Cats

boss told BBC Radio Newcastle’s Total Sport show: “I haven’t had

any telephone conversation with any agent, I have had no offer from

any other club. “As far as I am concerned, I am looking forward to

seeing Gyan being ready for the Premier League better than he was

last time. “I think he will be better this time around. He knows

what to expect – I am expecting big things from him. “As far as I

am concerned, he’s going nowhere, unless we get a wonder bid which

comes out of nowhere, like we have had in the past, but I can’t see

it at this moment.” Some of Bruce’s spending spree has been funded

by the proceeds of Jordan Henderson’s big-money move to Liverpool,

and while the manager admitted he did not want the England

international to leave, his departure has ultimately allowed him to

push through his recruitment plans. Bruce said: “We were all

saddened by the loss of Jordan , but sometimes in football, as I

have said all along, if it happens and it’s the right price and you

can better your squad, then sometimes you have to sacrifice. “We

didn’t want him to go, but unfortunately, the price and what

happened with the transfer thing and Jordan himself… “Then we

said okay then, we will take it and use that money wisely and make

the team and make the club stronger and better.”