• Premier League

Sunderland sign N'Diaye

ESPN staff
January 9, 2013

Sunderland have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Alfred N'Diaye from Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee.

N'Diaye, 22, joined the Green Crocodiles from French side Nancy at a reported cost of €3 million in 2011 and became an integral part of the side.

Speaking earlier in the week, director of press and fan relations for Bursaspor, Selçuk Eren, confirmed the player's desire to move to the Premier League.

The France U21 international has signed a three-and-a-half-year-deal with the Wearsiders for a fee believed to be worth up to £4million and could make his debut on Saturday at home to West Ham United.

Speaking to the club's official website, manager Martin O'Neill described himself as delighted at the conclusion of the deal.

"Alfred is a strong, powerful young player and as such can offer us more strength in depth," he said. "He will give us options and I'm delighted that we have been able to bring him to the club."

A statement via Bursaspor's website also confirmed the deal saying: "We have reached a full agreement with Sunderland over Alfred N'Diaye, our French international who joined us at the beginning of 2011-12 will be joining the English Premier League. We wish Alfred N'Diaye all the best and hope he has a successful career."

Elsewhere it is believed the Black Cats are also attempting to secure a deal for Swansea striker Danny Graham. The 27-year-old began his career at nearby Middlesbrough and joined Swansea from Watford in 2011 for a fee of £3.5 million.

Having struggled to earn a starting place this season due to the impressive form of Spanish star Michu, the Gateshead-born striker confirmed recently his intention to hold talks over his future with Swans manager Michael Laudrup.

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