Sunderland have confirmed that striker Asamoah Gyan is set to join UAE side Al-Ain on a season-long loan.
Gyan, who only joined the Premier League outfit last summer from Rennes, quickly established himself as a fans favourite at the Stadium of Light after scoring 11 goals in his first season at the club.
However, manager Steve Bruce has revealed the player has been unsettled in recent times but hopes to see him return next season.
“Anyone who has seen Asamoah play will know that he hasn’t been himself in recent months,” said 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.”
Sunderland had hoped Gyan would take his place alongside new signings Connor Wickham, Ji Dong-won and Nicklas Bendtner this season, but Al-Ain have now confirmed that he will be joining them for training on Sunday after completing the deal.