Sunderland new boy Dame N’Doye to make Bournemouth debut

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Dame N’Doye should be eligible to make his Sunderland debut in next week’s crunch clash against fellow strugglers Bournemouth after sealing his move to the Stadium of Light.

N’Doye has been unveiled as Sunderland’s second January signing after the ex-Hull City striker put the finishing touches to a four-month loan deal from Turkish side Trabzonspor, with a possibility of a permanent move next summer.

However, the Senegal international - who will not be eligible for this weekend’s trip to Spurs - has now left the country to formalise a work permit, which is expected to be rubber-stamped early next week.

That should see N’Doye available for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday week, with the 30-year-old facing his second Premier League spell after netting five goals in 15 appearances for Hull last season.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce said: “Dame will bring something different to our forward options.

“Having already played in the Premier League he should have no problems in hitting the ground running too, which is very important at this stage of the season.”

N’Doye is likely to take the place of Danny Graham in Allardyce’s striking ranks, with Championship pair Blackburn and Wolves both interested in the ex-Swansea man, who has less than six months remaining on his Sunderland contract.

Sunderland will not stand in Graham’s way, as they look to lighten the demands on the wage bill, with the fixture schedule easing up after tomorrow’s encounter.

Fellow frontman Steven Fletcher has been the subject of speculation linking him with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua over recent days, but as it was reported earlier this week, Celtic is the most likely destination for the Scotland international next summer when his Sunderland contract expires.

But once Sunderland have completed a move for N’Doye, the club’s focus will be predominantly on offloading players, if they are to bring in any further reinforcements in this window.

Allardyce would ideally like to add a further two players to the squad, with Sunderland surprisingly reigniting their interest in Lorient centre-half Lamine Kone, despite the bitter breakdown of a proposed £5million move earlier this month – though Kone is now understood to have doubts about a possible move.

Sunderland are also in the market for another right-back, with on-loan Spurs man DeAndre Yedlin – ineligible to play at White Hart Lane tomorrow – potentially returning to his parent club.