French battler leaves Stadium of Light side on temporary deal.
Sunderland have sent midfielder Alfred N’Diaye on a season-long loan to Turkish side Eskisehirspor reports BBC Sport.
The 23-year-old Frenchman only arrived at the Stadium of Light in January in a £3.8million deal from Bursaspor under former Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill.
But after just 16 Premier League appearances new boss Paolo di Canio has decided that the versatile midfielder is not part of his plans for the new campaign.
Eskisehirspor manager Ertugrul Saglam, who managed N’Diaye previously at Bursaspor, has moved quickly for the former France Under-21 star, who managed 16 appearances during his spell at the Stadium of Light.
The Sunderland website confirmed: “Alfred N’Diaye has joined Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan. The 23-year-old returns to Turkey having arrived at the Stadium of Light from Bursaspor during the January transfer window.”
N’Diaye was left out of the Sunderland club that travelled to Hong Kong for the Asia Trophy following the birth of his first child but he has now agreed a short-term exit from the Stadium of Light.
O’Neill’s other January transfer acquisition has also left the club with striker Danny Graham joining Hull City on loan for the season earlier this month while five other players have left under Di Canio’s leadership.
Di Canio has already signed nine summer signings as the former Swindon boss looks to improve on last season’s disappointing 17th place finish as they survived in the Premier League by just three points.
The next signing arriving at Wearside could be Greek winger Charis Mavrias of Panathinaikos with reports suggesting that a £2.5m deal is in place to bring the impressive 19-year-old to the club.