REAL BETIS are hopeful of fighting off late competition for Alfred N’Diaye’s signature to seal a deal for the Sunderland midfielder.
The Echo revealed yesterday how Sunderland had accepted an offer from Betis for N’Diaye, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Spanish outfit.
Despite their relegation to the Spanish Second Division, Betis have allocated a large portion of their transfer budget to sign N’Diaye and held talks with the 24-year-old yesterday.
But there has also been a bid from unnamed Spanish club – thought to be La Liga outfit Celta Vigo – along with interest from Turkey.
N’Diaye was present at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park last night to watch Betis’s 2-0 defeat to Sunderland, although he was not included in the Black Cats’ squad.
The midfielder told Spanish reporters that he was still unsure of his future, but he would be prepared to drop into the Spanish Second Division with Betis.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was similarly coy when asked about N’Diaye’s future.
“From what I know at the moment, he’s still our player and training with us today,” said Poyet.
Meanwhile, Sunderland midfielder El-Hadji Ba has sealed his season-long loan move to French side Bastia.
The Ligue 1 outfit announced earlier this week that they were close to agreeing a loan move for Ba, who arrived at Sunderland from Le Havre last summer.
The deal has now gone through, with Ba returning to his homeland with a view to a permanent switch.
Ironically, Ba has been one of the players to impress during pre-season after only making his Premier League bow for Sunderland on the final day of last season.
But Sunderland are keen for the 21-year-old to get regular first-team football and are ready to offload Ba permanently if they can make a profit on the Parisian.