This is the time of year where tabloid newspapers are left twiddling their thumbs as far as genuine football news is concerned and it means that journalists are forced to be creative when it comes to filling up the back pages of their publications.
For several years, writers have simply been fabricating stories linking players with a move to other clubs and Asamoah Gyan has been the subject of several articles, with the Daily Mirror among several papers that have suggested the Ghanaian has been put on the transfer list.
These rumours were firmly scotched by Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn who has laughed off any suggestion that the Black Cats want to lose their record signing.
In a statement, Quinn said: “The suggestion that we have spoken to an agent to sell this player on our behalf is embarrassing to all concerned.
“I hope our fans would be smart enough to realise that this is probably some other club or outside agent’s way of attempting to destabilise our relationship with one of our players.”
Sunderland recently received a fee in the region of £20 million for Jordan Henderson which will be reinvested into new players this summer.