SUNDERLAND are in advanced talks with Real Betis over the sale of Alfred N’Diaye, according to reports in Spain.
N’Diaye has been back training at the Academy of Light for the past 10 days after spending all of last season out on loan - first at Turkish side Eskisehirspor and then at Betis.
The Spanish outfit were keen to convert N’Diaye’s loan into a permanent switch, but their relegation from La Liga looked to have scuppered their hopes financially.
But reports today suggest Betis and Sunderland are nearing an agreement for N’Diaye’s sale for a fee around the £1.5million mark, plus add-ons.
That would be a hit on the £3.7m the Black Cats paid out in January 2013, but Sunderland have been keen to offload the 24-year-old this summer.
Head coach Gus Poyet is not thought to see N’Diaye as part of his plans, although the Senegal international would still need to agree wages with Betis.