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Reading FC To Make Shock Loan Move For Asamoah Gyan?

Surely, surely this isn't true.

Portugal v Ghana: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Gyan at the 2014 World Cup.
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We thought we'd had our wacky transfer rumour of the summer when Rafael van der Vaart was linked with Reading last month, but here's another one that will surprise you.

Jaap Stam is reportedly going after former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan on loan according to this journalist:

Now of course it is true that Reading are in the hunt for a new striker after Deniss Rakels was ruled out with injury until 2017, but surely there is a cheaper option out there than Gyan.

The 30 year old currently plays for Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG, with his wages reported to be in excess of £225,000 a week, making him one of the highest paid footballers in the world. If this rumour is true, then surely Shanghai SIPG would still be having to pay an incredibly high proportion of the striker's wages if he were to move out on loan.

As Sky Sports wrote yesterday, Gyan has flown into the south-east of England today to evaluate a number of offers from English clubs.

The Ghanaian is the subject of interest from former club Sunderland, Fulham and several other Championship sides over a season-long loan, one of which now appears to be Reading. According to GetReading, he is set for a medical at the Madejski Stadium on Monday.

Gyan has said he is back to prove himself in England and will not necessarily choose the Premier League over the Championship, telling Sky Sports News HQ:

"I have a lot of options. Me and my agent are here to evaluate them and get the work done, and then I can continue doing what I do best, which is scoring goals and playing well.

"I am confident I will have a club in England. There are good options to think about, so we had to fly in quickly. Me being in England means there is something concrete, so we need to evaluate the options and do the work.

"I heard about Sunderland and Fulham but we will see what happens. There might be surprises. Football is full of them. The people around me are trying to benefit me. It doesn't matter if it is Championship or Premier league, it's about being comfortable where I am."

Gyan scored 11 goals in 37 appearances for Sunderland, and has played in the UAE and China since leaving in 2012. He also has 48 goals in 95 caps for Ghana, playing at the last three World Cups. With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.

So Reading fans, would you take Gyan at the Madejski Stadium? Let us know your thoughts on the rumour in the comments below.