Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is set to lighten the Ghana Premier League with his enormous experience as he inches closer to a deal with Legon Cities FC.
The move if eventually completed will be a huge blow to Asante Kotoko who had hoped to secure the services of the top striker to complete their transformation agenda.
But filthy-rich club Legon Cities FC have succeeded to scooping the celebrated striker from the claws of the Porcupine Warriors.
Gyan who has been without a club for over a year is seriously putting himself in shape to play for the flamboyant side when the Ghana Premier League eventually kicks off next month.
The signing of Gyan will be the biggest ever football signing in the Ghana Premier League since it turned professional in 1993.
The former Sunderland striker has been assigned a special trainer to reshape him for the upcoming season as he hopes to re-launch his career where he started 17 years ago.
The Royals, according to insiders have advanced their negotiations with the powerful goal scorer who will lead their attack when the league finally kicks off.
Gyan, who is Africa’s all-time top scorer at the FIFA World Cup will not only reinvigorate the Ghana Premier League but will also enhance the attractiveness of the well-branded Accra-based side.
The former Al Ain top scorer was recently linked to a move to Egyptian giants Zamalek but the deal couldn’t go through as reports revealed the Egyptian Knights could not table any official bid.
The former Liberty Professional striker who had said he would love to end his playing career at Asante Kotoko recently dominated the media with reports indicating he was asking for Ȼ400k from the Porcupine Warriors before joining but the figure scared the Reds.
No amount has been disclosed as the transfer fee for the free agent striker but footballmadeinghana.com understands that the Royals are paying more than $70k for the signature of Ghana’s all-time top scorer.
Gyan began his career in 2003 with Ghanaian Premier League club Liberty Professionals scoring ten goals in sixteen matches then spent three seasons with Serie A club Udinese via two seasons loan at Modena netting on fifteen occasions in 53 league matches and at Udinese where he scored 11 times in 39 league matches.
In 2008, Gyan joined Ligue 1 club Rennes, netting fourteen times in forty-eight league matches in two seasons.
In 2010, Gyan joined Premier League club Sunderland, breaking the club’s transfer record and netting on ten occasions in thirty-four Premier League matches.
The Ghanaian then made a big-money move to Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League on loan and became the league’s top-goal scorer, scoring 24 times in 27 matches in his first season.
In the following season, Gyan permanently joined Al Ain and once again became the league’s top-goal scorer while he helped Al Ain retain the UAE Pro-League title, scoring an impressive 28 goals in 32 matches.
He topped it up in the 2013–14 season, by scoring 44 goals in 40 matches with Al Ain with the UAE side.
Gyan is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals and has represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
With 6 goals, he is the highest scoring African in the history of the World Cup and has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, helping them finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.