Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has rejected reports linking him with a move away from Wearside, saying he is “fully committed” to the club.
“I am not leaving Sunderland and I am not interested in these rumours in the newspapers and the internet,” Gyan told African website MTNFootball.com.
The Ghanaian scored 11 goals in his debut season on Wearside last term.
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn recently described reports suggesting Gyan was for sale as “embarrassing”.
“I am fully committed to Sunderland because I love the institution and traditions of this club,” Gyan added.
“I am staying at Sunderland next season and the foreseeable future as I am looking forward to meeting my team-mates and Sunderland fans when we return next month.”
Gyan is Sunderland’s record signing, having joined from French club Rennes for a fee in excess of £13m in August 2010.
The 25-year-old has endeared himself to Black Cats supporters with his enthusiastic style and some important goals, including an injury-time equaliser in the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle in January 2011.
The Tottenham manager has been tracking 25-year-old Gyan for months and with a new striker his priority, the Ghana international is on his hit-list.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce would love to take Crouch to the Stadium of Light, having failed to persuade him to move north two years ago.
However, he does not want to sacrifice Gyan to get him.
The charismatic African scored 10 goals in 31 games for Sunderland last term following an eye-catching World Cup and his club record £13m move from Rennes.
When Fraizer Campbell and Danny Welbeck were both sidelined, Gyan was the Black Cats’ only fit striker following Darren Bent’s January departure – until injury cut short his own campaign.
Bruce announced last month he is in the market for three forwards and even if he signs Liverpool’s David Ngog, he would still be short up front.
It would be a huge gamble to sell Gyan, even if it meant landing Crouch. And publicly at least, Redknapp insists he doesn’t want to lose the beanpole striker.
The White Hart Lane boss said: “Crouchy is a good player. I like him. He is a great lad and I love him as a fella. He is not one I’m looking to shift.
“We are looking to bring a striker in but he is not one of those that we are looking to sell, if we can help it.”
Sunderland are still negotiating a fee with Liverpool for Ngog, whose move is not linked to Jordan Henderson’s switch in the opposite direction.
Liverpool initially slapped a £7m price tag on the 22-year-old Frenchman, but it is thought he will eventually leave for less than half that.
The Black Cats are also waiting to hear back from Manchester United after tabling a £12m bid for John O’Shea, Wes Brown and Darron Gibson.
While Gibson is keen to move, O’Shea and Brown are waiting to see if there is interest from any other clubs.
Sunderland have also completed a permanent deal for Ahmed Elmohamady.
The winger spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light from Egyptian club ENPPI, making 38 appearances.
Sunderland activated a clause in the deal to buy him outright. Bruce said: “Ahmed has done well in his first season with the club and has shown plenty of potential. I think there is much more to come from him.”
Sulley Muntari is on the verge of joining the English Premiership League side Sunderland early this week, according to his agent.
Muntari has been a bench warmer at Inter Milan where he has been a surplus to the teams requirements and is keen for a return to the Premier League, having spent a season at Portsmouth in the 2007/8 campaign.
There are also other speculation that Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are also in the race to snatch the 26-year-old.
Muntaris’ agent, Fabien Piveteau, says that is incorrect.
“That is not true, indeed if everything is sorted out with Sunderland he will be going there. We hope to have everything sorted shortly, maybe by Tuesday,” he told Sky Sports.
Despite previously stating that he would only play for a London-based club, Muntari now seems set on a loan move to the north east.
Piveteau added: “He knows Sunderland is a good club, possibly not the biggest but he wants to be playing football.
Asamoah Gyan is reportedly in communication with Muntari trying to woo the controversial midfield to join him at Sunderland.
Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has agreed to join Tottenham after the two clubs agreed a fee of about £2.5m.
The South Africa international, 28, who was nearing the end of his contract at Goodison Park has signed a four-year-deal with the north London club.
“To end speculation, I am going to Spurs,” confirmed Pienaar on his Twitter account earlier on Tuesday.
Chelsea also had a bid accepted for Pienaar by Everton, but failed to convince the player to join them.
“I’ve had brilliant years at Everton. It will always be special place in my heart.”
Spurs now hope the midfielder is granted a work permit in time for him to make his debut at Newcastle on Saturday.
They had seen an initial bid of £2m turned down before settling on a compromise figure of £2.5m with the Toffees after Chelsea had had a £3m bid accepted.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, speaking after his team’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday, said: “I think he is a good player. He can play left or right or down the middle. I like him.
“I would not want to be putting the chairman under any pressure to buy him, but at £2m or £3m, he’s certainly not dear is he?”
Pienaar joined Everton from Borussia Dortmund in 2007, initially on a season-long loan, and went on to make 132 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 12 goals.
He initially made his name in Europe at Ajax after joining them from their club partners Ajax Cape Town in January 2001, helping them to the Dutch title in 2002 and 2004 before joining Bundesliga outfit Dortmund in 2006.
Everton boss David Moyes had said in August that only a “sack-load of cash” would persuade him to sell a playmaker voted the club’s player of the season last term.
But Pienaar, who has scored one goal so far this season, has failed to replicate that form during this campaign and Moyes has decided to cash in as his contract winds down.BBC Sports