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New boss will ask director Niall Quinn about bringing back the Ghanaian, who is currently on a season-long deal in the UAE, with the club currently short on firepower

New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is hoping to bring Asamoah Gyan back to the club from his loan at Al Ain to give him more options up front.

O’Neill’s biggest task will be to get Sunderland firing again after struggling to find a regular scorer since Darren Bent and the Ghanaian left.

The former Aston Villa manager is keen to bring the African back to the club and has admitted it is a conversation he will be having with the board.

"Yes, absolutely I will address it. I have to talk to Niall [Quinn, Sunderland director] about exactly where we stand on that. But yes, again, his position will definitely be looked at,” The Mirror quote him as saying.

"He started off brilliantly, then things tapered away a little bit.

"I don't know the lad at all. Again, he got off to a great start so the potential is there, but I will have a look at it."

O’Neill will be looking to make an immediate impact on Wearside when his side face Blackburn on Sunday, and he admits he is excited about being back in management.

"Above all, we are in a results-driven business. And I'm not fooling myself that we don't need to get good results as soon as we can," he said.

"We are in a bit of trouble at the moment, but there are plenty of matches - we just need to win a few of them.

"The excitement is building, I must admit. I'm looking forward to Sunday and beyond. It's a nervous sort of excitement, but a positive nervousness.

"On weeks like this, you realise just how big this football club is; not that I was under any illusions before.

"This is an exciting time for me. It's a genuine privilege and I will treat it like that. But now we mean business and we will try and push on.

"My job is to win football matches with the first team.

"Everything else will take care of itself if that happens."

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