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Boro edge ahead of Sunderland in chase to sign international forward

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Middlesbrough are in poll position to sign Ghanaian international attacker Edwin Gyasi ahead of bitter local rivals Sunderland, according to the Yorkshire Post. 

Gyasi currently plays for Norwegian outfit Aalesunds FK and has attracted a lot of interest – from Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City as well.

Spanish sides Leganes, Getafe and Las Palmas have all reportedly tracked the frontman, alongside French club Toulouse, Belgian outfit Standard Liege and Italians Genoa.

The asking price that the Norwegians have set for the player, who can play on the right wing as well as through the middle, is £600,000 with add-ons on top of that.

That looks set to price Chris Coleman’s Sunderland out of the running for the 26-year-old, who was actually born in the Netherlands, who are shopping exclusively in the loan market in the January window.

The Verdict

With one of these teams chasing an instant return to the Premier League and the other rock bottom and facing a second straight relegation, there would be no prizes for guessing which is the more attractive proposition.

The contrast in how the two clubs have been run in recent years is outlined starkly here – they were both relegated last season but one still has money to spend after a huge summer of spending while the other needs loan deals to get them out of trouble.

Boro fans – do you want to see Gyasi through the door? Sunderland fans, could he have made the difference for you? Let us know in the comments below…

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