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Supposed Sunderland target was blocked from talking to prospective new clubs just last week

Sunderland have been credited with an interest in Edwin Gyasi but the Ghanian was reportedly blocked from talking to new clubs just last week.

The Sunday People reckon Sunderland have joined Nottingham Forest in pursuing Ghana international Edwin Gyasi.

The 26-year-old plies his trade for Eliteserien outfit Aalesunds FK but according to reports in Norway last week, he was blocked from talking to prospective new clubs as he continues to seek a way out of Scandinavian football.

Gyasi reportedly informed a Norwegian newspaper a couple of weeks ago that he would be meeting a ‘big club’ at a Dutch airport to discuss a January move but the chief executive of Aalesunds intervened to warn him about illegal contact with other teams.

The Amsterdam-born wide man has been in good form in the Eliteserien - Norway’s top flight - bagging 6 goals from 27 appearances and has been touted around for a while. Gyasi was linked with a move to Premier League Swansea and West Brom amongst others just last month and reports elsewhere this morning claim Mark Hughes is keen to sign him for Stoke.

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Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday, QPR and Cardiff have also been reportedly taking a look at him. Gyasi made his full Ghana debut during the last international break and scored against Egypt in the World Cup Qualifier.

The ex-FC Twente forward played for Holland’s youth teams but chose to represent the country from which his parents hail. Gyasi reportedly holds a European passport which would make it easier for him to make the move to England when the January transfer window opens.

Sunderland find themselves short of options on the right hand side of midfield with Duncan Watmore out for the season and Callum McManaman failing to impress in the Championship since arriving on deadline day. The summer freebie has only started 7 games and was sent off after receiving two yellow cards against Reading a week ago.

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McManaman saw red last weekend
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Youngster Joel Asoro is knocking on Chris Coleman’s door for a start and offers the Sunderland boss options out wide, but the 18-year-old has so far being used sparingly, making some brief cameos in recent weeks.

Gyasi has a year left on his contract in Norway and has made little secret of the fact he intends to make a move sooner rather than later. The winger recently revealed that Asamoah Gyan is his role model and that he had received words of encouragement from the former Sunderland striker before his international debut.

Perhaps Babyjet recommended a stint on Wearside as just the ticket for his countryman.