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Gyan close to China move

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Former Sunderland forward off to Shanghai

Asamoh Gyan is set to become one of the highest paid players in the world, once he completes his move to Shanghai SIPG.

The 29-year-old Ghana international, who spent one solitary season in the Premier League with Sunderland, is set to earn £277,000 a-week at the Chinese Super League outfit.

Gyan initially signed on Weirside for £13m in 2010, following the World Cup in South Africa earlier that summer.

Since his brief stay in the North East, Gyan has spent time in football obscurity with Abu Dhabi side, Al Ain FC.

He made 83 appearances over a four-year period for Al Ain, but has swapped the Middle-East, for a move to the Far-East.

Gyan will be welcomed to Shanghai by a familiar face to English football fans, following his arrival in China yesterday.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is currently in charge at the club, as the domestic league in China looks to beat off competition from Western leagues.

The move to the most populated country in the world, will see Gyan become the eighth highest paid player with a whopping salary.

PREMIER LEAGUE PEDIGREE IN CHINA:

Gyan will join a handful former Premier League players in the Chinese top-flight, when his move is agreed.

Paulinho, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Demba Ba and Robinho will all ply their trade in the backwater of the professional game next season.

By Ben Reardon

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