Jaap Stam: Failed medical the reason for Asamoah Gyan’s collapsed move to Reading

Gyan returned to the UAE on a season long loan with Al Ahli. The Ghana captain said his move to Reading fell through over his involvement with his national team, but manager Jaap Stam insists otherwise.
Asamoah Gyan, left, has returned to UAE football on a season-long loan deal with champions Al Ahli. John McAuley / The National
Asamoah Gyan, left, has returned to UAE football on a season-long loan deal with champions Al Ahli. John McAuley / The National

Reading manager Jaap Stam has said the reason Asamoah Gyan did not join the club on loan was because the Ghana captain failed a medical.

Gyan, 30, was poised to sign for the Championship club from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, but the move fell through, leading Gyan to return to the UAE with Al Ahli.

Initial reports claimed the move to Reading collapsed due to Gyan failing a medical. However, the former Sunderland striker refuted such claims during his first Al Ahli press conference, saying it was a “misunderstanding regarding national team issues”, thought to be surrounding his involvement in the African Cup of Nations later this season.

However, Stam has insisted the sole reason for the failed move was the failed medical.

“Yes, he wasn’t in very good shape,” Stam, 44, told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“They did a very good medical on him and it was very important because he has been injured in the past and has not been playing a lot of games over there [in China].

“He did not think that him not being in good shape was the thing but that was the case.

“Our medical people are not going to lying about that. That’s why we made the decision not to sign him.”

Gyan returns to the Arabian Gulf League just one season after he left Al Ain — Al Ahli’s biggest title rivals — for China. During his four years at Al Ain he scored 95 goals in 83 league matches to help the club to three league titles. In total, he scored 128 goals in 123 matches spanning all competitions.

However, his time in China has not proved as successful. Affected by injury, Gyan has scored seven times in 15 appearances for Shanghai SIPG.

Gyan made his Al Ahli debut on Wednesday night, scoring after coming off the bench in a 5-1 victory over his former club Al Ain in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

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Published: September 8, 2016 04:00 AM

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