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Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan’s deal to Reading FC collapses

Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan’s loan deal to Championship side Reading FC has collapsed, according to several news reports.

The former Sunderland player was on the verge of completing a season-long loan move to Reading FC from Shanghai SIPG before reports emerged that he failed his medical. Several news outlets reported that the deal collapsed due to the player’s physical conditions as the 30-year-old will need eight weeks to reach full fitness.

The striker, who is part of Ghana’s squad set to take part in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, has taken to Twitter after the move collapsed, saying that no one can stop him from serving his country.

Some speculate, based on Gyan’s tweet, that the Championship side have asked him not to take part in the African tournament, scheduled in the period between 14 January and 5 February in Gabon, in order to finalise the deal.

Gyan was looking to complete his move to a new club before the transfer window closes Wednesday night. The player’s future remains to be unclear with less than 48 hours remaining until the deadline.

The Ghana striker moved to China after a four-year stint at UAE’s Al-Ain FC. He joined the Chinese Super League side in 2015 on a two-year deal to become one of the highest-paid players in the world then, with a reported weekly wage of £227,000.

Before moving to the UAE, Gyan played for two years at Sunderland where he managed to score 10 goals with the Premier League side.

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