SUNDERLAND will consider the possibilities for Alfred N’Diaye before deciding whether to sanction a fresh loan move for the midfielder.
As the Echo reported yesterday, Spanish side Real Betis are hopeful of signing N’Diaye on loan for the remainder of the campaign, yet are struggling to get it over the line before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Turkish side Eskisehirspor have issued a statement claiming they have agreed to terminate the remaining six months of N’Diaye’s loan after he joined them for the whole season during the summer.
But Sunderland haven’t sanctioned the end of N’Diaye’s loan in Turkey yet and Eskisehirspor remain contracted to the deal.
If Eskisehirspor can find a suitor and Sunderland agree to the deal, N’Diaye can move on. It’s a similar situation to the one the Black Cats face with Danny Graham.
But Poyet says Sunderland need to protect their investment in N’Diaye after ex-boss Martin O’Neill splashed out almost £4million on the 23-year-old 12 months ago.
Poyet told the Echo: “It’s a situation that if everybody agrees and it’s good for everyone, then we will be happy to help him. But I don’t think it’s done yet. They are talking because they probably want to do it.
“But it’s a very difficult decision for us.
“The club (Eskisehirspor) might be struggling to pay him, they might not want him or the player doesn’t want to be there.
“If you agree with one or the other, it looks as if you’re trying to push him.
“We’ve said ‘put everything on the table’ because it’s their problem, it’s not ours.
“And if they have done well and everybody’s happy, then we’re happy to do what is best for the player.
“It’s important for the football club and important for the future because we paid a transfer fee for him. We’ll either be looking to use him or get something from him.”
There is no prospect of N’Diaye (pictured) returning to the Stadium of Light before Friday’s transfer deadline though after Poyet opted against recalling the Senegalese international.
Poyet has paid close attention to N’Diaye’s performances in Turkey and watched several DVD’s of the former Bursaspor man in action.
And the likelihood is that Sunderland will look to remove N’Diaye permanently from the books during the summer, regardless of whether they are still in the Premier League.