Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he expects another new signing at the Stadium of Light this week, as Sunderland close in on striker Dame N’Doye.
Sunderland made their first breakthrough of the January transfer window last week when German centre-half Jan Kirchhoff became the first capture of the Allardyce era and the Black Cats boss is hopeful of adding more fresh blood.
Ex-Hull City forward N’Doye is the next signing in Sunderland’s sights, with the Senegal international expected on Wearside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms, with a view to a four-month loan deal from Turkish side Trabzonspor.
Allardyce was asked about N’Doye, after Sunderland were eliminated from the FA Cup at the hands of Premier League leaders Arsenal, and replied: “We’ll have somebody coming this week.”
Centre-half and centre-forward were Allardyce’s main priorities in the transfer window and N’Doye has proved his goalscoring credentials in the Premier League after netting five goals in 15 appearances for Hull in the second half of last season.
After Hull’s relegation in May, N’Doye joined Trabzonspor in a £2.2million deal, but he has failed to find the net amid reported wage issues.
But Hull spent £3m on N’Doye last January after he had proved to be prolific for FC Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow, with the 30-year-old showing his goalscoring quality for the Tigers, even though there were big question marks over his temperament.
The Senegal international is expected to take the place of Blackburn target Danny Graham in Allardyce’s striker options, although the ex-Swansea man will not be allowed to leave until next week, following crucial Premier League visits to Swansea and Spurs.
But, despite fresh reports linking Jermain Defoe with a move to relegation rivals Swansea yesterday, Allardyce has made Sunderland’s position crystal clear over the 33-year-old, with the club not interested in offloading this season’s top scorer.