English Championship side Middlesbrough are in a good position to sign Ghana striker Edwin Gyasi from Nowergian side Aalesunds FK despite interest from local rivals Sunderland, according to the Yorkshire Post .
The 26-year-old was initially on the radar of Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City but negotiations fell through, with manager Chris Coleman making an official bid to have him at Sunderland on a six-month loan deal.
However, Aalesunds rejected that offer, insisting on an outright sale of their poster boy.
Middlesbrough are reportedly ready to meet the buyout clause of £600,000 to sign him in a three-year deal with an option for an additional year.
The Boro are seeking to strengthen their attack for a possible return to the Premier League next season.
They currently sit eight on the log with 41 points, two points away from picking one of the slots for playoffs.
Gyasi has previously played for Dutch sides Roda JC, FC Twente, Heracles and De Graafschap.
He was born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian parents and although, he represented the European country's youth side at a point, he opted to play for the Black Stars.
He has made two appearances and boasts of one goal.