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Sunderland boss Bruce convinced by Asamoah Gyan quality


Sunderland unveil record signing Gyan

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes Asamoah Gyan has the right ingredients to be a success in the Premier League after his £13m move from Rennes.

Bruce remains undecided whether to hand Gyan a debut at Wigan on Saturday, but is confident the Ghana striker can be the perfect addition to his forwards.

"He's fantastic in the air, quick, and he'll give so much to the team," Bruce told BBC Newcastle.

"He's something we haven't got, and he wants to lead the line."

Bruce added: "He mirrors what I like about a football player, he loves it, and he looks as if he enjoys it and hopefully he can come in and hit the ground running."

Meanwhile Bruce has praised owner Ellis Short and chairman Niall Quinn for their work in securing the arrival of the club's new record transfer.

A season-ending injury to striker Fraizer Campbell was a massive blow to the Black Cats' plans, and the former Wigan boss admitted Gyan's arrival was essential to maintain his side's full strength.

"You have to say fair play to the owner, because of Fraizer getting injured, Rennes knew they could stick to the asking price and never budged, but with Fraizer it became a necessity," Bruce continued.

"I didn't want to just go down the route of just bringing in someone for the sake of it, I wanted to make an improvement, now with the two strikers and wheeling and dealing and the owner we've made it possible.

"With the way things are financially, it's good that he's dug deep to make it happen.

"We've got to make sure we're prudent enough, and I've always prided myself for trying to do that."

Bruce was forced to cash in on a potentially £3m-rated Leicester bid for striker Martyn Waghorn, despite previously stating his desire to retain the player at the Stadium of Light.

"In an ideal world I wouldn't have taken the money for Waghorn," Bruce said.

"I think he's got a big future in the game, he's not ready for the Premier League yet, but in one or two years time he could be.

"I wish him well, he's a good kid, but the offer on the table was a staggering amount of money.

"I've got to balance the books as well as I can."

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