ALFRED N’Diaye will be told his long-term future lies away from Sunderland after the end of his loan spell at Real Betis.
N’Diaye spent all of last season out on loan, after joining Turkish outfit Eskisehirspor last summer before moving to Spain’s La Liga in the January transfer window.
The 24-year-old’s stint at relegated Betis came to an end on Sunday and there have been reports in Spain that he hopes to be given an insight over his prospects at the Stadium of Light this week.
But the Echo understands that Gus Poyet does not see N’Diaye as part of his plans.
Poyet watched extensive footage of N’Diaye’s performances for Eskisehirspor after taking over the Sunderland hotseat in October, yet he tellingly opted not to recall him in the January window.
The Sunderland boss is expected to sanction N’Diaye’s departure this summer and despite their relegation, Betis could still look to keep the Senegal international.
However, they are wary of splashing out around £4million to activate the clause in his contract which would convert the loan into a permanent switch.
But N’Diaye’s performances in La Liga have attracted interest from several other Spanish clubs - including Sevilla - and Sunderland will hope to recoup the £3.8m they invested in the midfielder 18 months ago.
With Sunderland mindful of Financial Fair Play, those funds would be welcome for the Black Cats, particularly as Poyet is keen to strengthen his midfield options.
Even if out-of-contract Jack Colback and Seb Larsson pen new deals to remain on Wearside, Poyet has still lost the services of fellow midfielders Ki Sung-Yueng and Craig Gardner.
While youngster El-Hadji Ba made his Premier League debut in the final day defeat to Swansea, Poyet will be looking for a couple of new recruits in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile, N’Diaye has spoken of his eventful final game for Betis after he hit the headlines for carrying a boy to safety, following the collapse of a safety barrier at Osasuna.
Fans spilled onto the pitch after the opening goal from Osasuna, with 68 people suffering minor injuries from the incident.
“Osasuna had just scored. People were celebrating the goal, there was a stampede to the front and the metal barrier dropped,” said N’Diaye.
“I went to see if everyone was okay. I saw a little one who was not well. There were not enough rescuers so my team-mates and I, we tried to help. In those moments, you do not think football.
“I just saw the pictures and we see that it is a little panicked. But hey, you’re relieved that there were no deaths and only minor injuries.”