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Revealed: Darren Bent didn’t Want Asamoah Gyan at Sunderland

Former England and Sunderland striker, Darren Bent, revealed that he sincerely did not want Sunderland to sign Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan, back in 2010.

The English man said it felt a bit odd that he was on top of his game, and yet the English Premiership side, Sunderland, still went on to bolster their attack with the addition of the Ghanaian.

Steve Bruce, who was the manager of Sunderland then signed Gyan after his impressive showings at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Sunderland manager scooped out a club record fee of over £13 million to sign the then 24-year-old center forward from Stade Rennes in the 2010 summer transfer window.

Bent points out that he had enjoyed a good debut season with Sunderland scoring 25 goals in all competitions but returned to pre-season with the arrival of Gyan and Danny Welbeck.

According to him, the Asamoah Gyan signing in the summer did not ad up.

“You can’t help but think, ‘what’s going on here?’, Bent told Talk Sports on when clubs bring in a competitor for your position.

“I wouldn’t say it was an issue, but when I was at Sunderland, I had a very, very good season. I scored loads of goals.

“And then I missed out on the World Cup that summer and Asamoah Gyan was fantastic for Ghana that summer.

“I remember reading the paper one day, maybe I was at home or on holiday, and it said, ‘Sunderland have been linked with Asamoah Gyan’, and I thought that’s a bit odd.

“Next thing I know, I return to pre-season a little later, and Gyan walks in the building… Danny Welbeck walks in the building…

“I’m thinking, ‘What is going on here!?’ I stayed, but only until January.”

Asked what his initial reaction was, and if he was sizing Gyan up after his arrival, Bent continued: “Of course. That’s what you do.

“You start looking in training and thinking about what is he good at? What can he do, what can he not do so well?

“Ultimately, in the position I play in it’s just about scoring more goals than them. That’s the way I thought about.”

Asamoah Gyan left Sunderland the following year to play with Al-Ain in the Emirates.

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