Gyan’s move to Read­ing col­lapses

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GHANA cap­tain Asamoah Gyan will not play for Read­ing FC in the English Cham­pi­onship af­ter he failed a med­i­cal yes­ter­day.

English me­dia re­port that the 30-year old was set for a loan spell from Chi­nese side Shang­hai SIPG, but due to the fact that he needed eight weeks to reach full fit­ness, Read­ing would not take the gam­ble on him.

Gyan, who has been in the south-east of Eng­land for the past two days, has been look­ing for a club be­fore the trans­fer win­dow ends at mid­night to­day.

A source at the club told su­pers­ “Gyan is able to move, pass, and his weight and ev­ery­thing is fine. But he is not match sharp and we sus­pect it is from his lack of play­ing time in China. He’s a good, good player but we are in need of a goodto-go striker now. We can’t af­ford the lux­ury of eight weeks.”

There was talk that he would make a re­turn to Sun­der­land, where he scored 10 Pre­mier League goals dur­ing a two-year spell from 2010, but it cooled off quickly. Chances of go­ing to New­cas­tle, like the Black Cats, could not work also be­cause of wage con­sid­er­a­tions, su­pers­ un­der­stands.

The striker joined Shang­hai in 2015 in a deal that made him one of the high­est-paid foot­ballers in the world at the time, with a weekly wage of £227,000.

Gyan has been be­set by in­jury wor­ries in the past few years, which have been the main cause of his rel­e­ga­tion to the back­ground at his Chi­nese Su­per League club. A suc­ces­sion of thigh and knee prob­lems meant the club were un­able to rely on his ser­vices, although his goal re­turn had been de­cent when fit. — su­pers­

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