Sunderland have agreed a fee with Turkish club Bursaspor for defensive midfielder Alfred N’Diaye, according to Sky Sports.
The Black Cats made an official approach for the player last week and held talks with the Turkish side, but the two parties failed to agree terms and Sunderland were knocked back in their initial approach.
However, Martin O’Neill’s side are believed to have had a second offer of €4 million (£3.2 million) accepted, and the player is now due to fly to England before undergoing a medical with the club and finalising personal terms.
The 22-year old Frenchman began his career with Nancy in 2004 before breaking into the senior team in 2008. He remained with the Lige 1 outfit for a further three years before joining Turkish side Bursaspor, where he has scored 3 goals in 37 appearances.
He has been capped at France under-17, 19, 20 and 21 levels, but it still yet to make an appearance for the senior side.
He can play either in midfield or at centre back, and a number of other club’s as well as Sunderland were said to be monitoring the situation.
However, Sunderland appear to have won the race for him, and he will become Martin O’Neill’s first signing of the year.
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This article was first posted on January 7, 2013