Sunderland are hoping to move closer towards making their first signing of the January transfer window as they continue negotiations with Turkish side Bursaspor over midfielder Alfred N’Diaye.
N’Diaye, 22, can play in midfield or at centre back, two positions the club are keen to strengthen. An initial bid of £2 million for the 6ft 2in midfielder was rejected by the Turkish side, who are believed to want closer to £5million for the France Under-21 international.
Selçuk Eren, director of press and fan relations for Bursaspor, has confirmed the club are in negotiations with Sunderland for the player.
"Our goal is to buy and sell players in the best interests of Bursaspor, and N'Diaye has made it clear he wishes to play in the Premier League," he told Medysapor.com.
"Sunderland have made an offer for N'Diaye. We signed N'Diaye as a promising young talent, he has developed rapidly and we know he's destined for greatness.
"There is the price we want, then there is the price they want to pay. We are still in talks, there is no deal in place yet, nothing has been signed, we want €4.7 million for him."If the move goes ahead we will release a press release however, currently no transfer has taken place."
The club's president, Ibrahim Yazici, added: "N'Diaye will only join Sunderland if our conditions are met."
Described as an ‘enforcer’ - the former Nancy man is currently a key player for the Green Crocodiles, but is believed to be eager to test himself in the Premier League.
With Sunderland wishing to add several players to their squad during the window, the Black Cats are also in discussions with Anderlecht defender Roland Juhász.
The 29-year-old was named Hungarian player of the year in 2009 and has been with the Belgian club since 2005. However, Juhasz, who is also a target for Ukrainian side Dnipro, has found himself out of favour with the Purple and Whites this season having made just three first-team appearances and would welcome a move to Sunderland.
“I am incredibly hurt that, after seven years, it has worked out like this with Anderlecht,” he said. “I’d like to play in Western Europe and of course Sunderland and the Premier League is very attractive to me. But I wouldn’t say no to Dnipro.”
Forced to name just six substitutes for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Bolton, manager Martin O’Neill has been keen to strengthen his depleted squad and he has the support of owner Ellis Short in the transfer market.
“I get on reasonably okay with the owner, he’s well aware of the situation and wants to do something about it,” he said. “We really do now need to do some things (in the market). It is necessary. (Stéphane) Sessègnon cried off at the last minute before we boarded the plane.
“I could have given the shirt to a young lad, but I was slightly concerned because some young lad gets a shirt and thinks he is close to the first-team, but I am not sure. It was very late on, so it wasn’t a major plan.
“Sessègnon might have been available, but he was more sore than I thought he was. We could have called someone in for the shirt, but I want them to earn it.”
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