The 26-year-old was loaned to Al-Ain in a deal worth around £6million to the Black Cats in August after becoming unsettled at the start of the season. His departure, following those of Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck, left the club short of frontmen, and O'Neill was forced to start with teenager Connor Wickham after just two days of training following a knee ligament injury for his first game in charge against Blackburn last weekend. It is understood the prospects of Gyan returning to Wearside this season are remote, but O'Neill still plans to make a call out of courtesy. He said: "The chief executive gave me his number, I haven't had a chance to call it. "Really, it was just a matter of me introducing myself to him as much as anything else and finding out how the land lies. "I think perhaps the club he is involved with have got a pretty strong hold on him in many aspects, but still it would be nice just to have a few words. "That I intend to do some time next week."