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Chris Hatherall - Asamoah Gyan could be Premier League bound

Published: 02 Jul 2010 - 10:28:41

Don't be surprised to see Ghana's top scorer Asamoah Gyan turn up in England next season after his performances at the World Cup so far.

Three goals in four games have catapulted the Rennes striker into the headlines and if he helps Ghana into the semi-finals by beating Uruguay on Friday his stock will be high.

There's good news for English clubs too because after meeting Gyan at Ghana's training camp yesterday I can say for certain he's keen to come!

- Ghana v Uruguay: Match page

There was a huge grin on his face when asked if English clubs could be looking at him and although he gave a professional answer, saying he was a Rennes player and concentrating only on the World Cup at present, he also uttered the immortal words: "It's my wish to play in England one day".

I get the feeling he'd be a good buy, too, because the guy has certainly got character.

Two years ago he took so much abuse from his countryman after a poor African Cup of Nations that he packed his bags and was ready to quit the team hotel.

Only a chat with Michael Essien persuaded him to stay - but since then he's knuckled down and has become a national hero against the odds.

He took Ghana to the African Cup of Nations Final this year, scored goal after goal for Rennes and is now a World Cup hero. With that kind of determination he should be a big hit in the Premiership.


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CHRIS HATHERALL has been covering football at the highest level - and Brentford - for 20 years. He has written for most UK newspapers and many overseas through the Hayters agency, and covers Premiership and Champions League football for publications in Japan, the Middle East and Ireland. He covers England at home and overseas, and this is his fourth World Cup where he hopes, once again, to see the trophy come back home.

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