FRENCH side Bastia claim they are close to signing Sunderland midfielder El-Hadji Ba on loan.
Ba has shown signs of progress during Sunderland’s pre-season programme after arriving from Le Havre last summer.
But the 21-year-old remains short on first-team experience after only making his Premier League debut for Sunderland on the final day of last season.
Bastia today announced that they were close to signing Ba on loan, with a view to signing the Parisian on a permanent deal.
Ba’s chances of regular first-team football have not been helped by the arrival of fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell in a £10million move from Manchester City.