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Asamoah Gyan happy in UAE; Niang to Montpellier

Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan has insisted he is happy at the club amid reports suggesting West Ham United have made a loan approach for him.

Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan has insisted he is happy at the club amid reports suggesting West Ham United have made a loan approach for him, Sky Sports understands.

The Ghana international, 28, completed the shock switch from Sunderland to Al Ain for a fee of over £6.4 million in July 2012 after a successful season-long loan in Abu Dhabi.

Gyan, who netted 10 goals in 34 English Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, would give West Ham a legitimate goal-scoring threat while record signing Andy Carroll is sidelined due to injury.

“My heart and soul are attached to Al Ain and I always look forward to show the best level that satisfies my ambitions with my team and the fans and administration’s aspirations as well,” said Gyan.

“When my mom passed away I was thinking about my team and, when I will be with my national team in the World Cup, I will work with the same level with my national team to hit the targets of myself and my people.

“I will never think of avoiding to get injured during the matches of Al Ain as it may happen anywhere at any time, not only in training sessions and matches with Al Ain.

“West Ham have made an offer for me, but it is up to Al Ain to make a decision. I have a contract with them. So I will remain focused on my work.”

The Hammers are also reportedly interested in bringing in Atletico Madrid ace Leo Baptistao and out-of-favour Everton striker Nikica Jelavic.

Since arriving from Rayo Vallecano in the summer, Baptistao has tallied one goal and one assist in 10 appearances in all competitions, albeit just two starts, for Atletico.

Meanwhile, Jelavic has yet to find the back of the net in 8 appearances for Everton this season.

Niang to Montpellier

AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang will do anything he can to help Montpellier stave off relegation this term.

The France youth international, 19, joined La Paillade on loan until the end of the season last week after consistently finding himself out of the first-team at Milan.

Montpellier (2-11-6), currently in 17th-place in the Ligue 1 table, are just three points clear of the ‘drop zone’ and without a win in their last 10 league matches.

Goal-scoring has been a huge problem for Montpellier; only the bottom three clubs, Valenciennes (17), Sochaux (15) and AC Ajaccio (13), have scored fewer goals than MHSC (18) in 2013/14.

“Above all, I’ve come here to get game time and also because the club has a clear objective: beating the drop, or doing even better than that,” Niang told

“So we’ll try to pull together to collect points, to work closely as a team to achieve our goals.

“I spoke at length with Rolland Courbis. Before taking a decision, we talked it through.

“The coach clearly outlined what he is expecting of me and I told him what I wanted to bring to the side. Straight away there was a good feeling. That’s why I’m in Montpellier now.”

Montpellier are scheduled to play host to UEFA Champions League hopefuls AS Monaco on Friday, 10 January 2014.

Montpellier (10/3); Monaco (17/20); Draw (12/5)


Shawn Etemadi



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