Sunderland smash record for Gyan

Bruce finally got his hands on the 24-year-old with just 20 minutes

of the summer transfer window to spare when he completed his move

from French Ligue 1. The fee is in excess of £13million and

significantly higher than the initial £10million the club paid

Tottenham for Darren Bent last summer. Bruce will hope for a

similar return from Gyan, who has signed a four-year contract at

the Stadium of Light. 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. “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 Premier League, so I’m delighted he has joined us.” Gyan is a

player in whom the manager has maintained an interest all summer,

and that began long before his three goals in South Africa helped

Ghana make a major impact at the World Cup finals. It was his

last-gasp penalty miss which allowed Uruguay to make the

semi-finals, but he made a big impression on the world stage.

Tuesday’s news will come as a welcome boost for Bruce, who was

determined to recruit a replacement for Kenwyne Jones following his

departure from Wearside in an £8million switch to Stoke

earlier this month. 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

Premier League victory over Manchester City, which will sideline

him for at least six months, and substantive talks took place that

night. Accra-born Gyan is an international team-mate of loan

signing John Mensah, who has seen at close hand just how dangerous

he can be. The striker has scored 22 goals in 44 international

appearances, a record which marks him out as a genuine threat. He

began his career in his native country with Liberty Professionals

before for heading for Italy and Udinese, from where he was loaned

to Modena at one point. Gyan scored the quickest goal at the 2006

World Cup finals in Germany, where he struck after just 68 seconds

against the Czech Republic. He headed for Rennes in an 8million

Euros move in July 2008, making 47 appearances and scoring 14

times. He could make his debut after the international break in the

Black Cats’ league trip to Wigan on September 11.