ALFRED N’DIAYE has completed a loan switch to Turkish club Eskiehirspor.
N’Diaye missed Sunderland’s pre-season trip to Hong Kong after his partner gave birth on the eve of the Black Cats heading out to the Far East.
But the midfielder’s future lies away from Wearside anyway, as the 23-year-old has agreed a season-long switch to Turkey - just six months after leaving the country to move to the Premier League.
N’Diaye started 15 out of 17 top flight games following his £3.7million January move from Bursaspor, but Paolo Di Canio has been willing to dispense with the Frenchman’s services, as he looks to add a playmaker to his central midfield options.
A clause of around £5m has been built into N’Diaye’s deal to convert it into a permanent switch, as is standard with loans between different countries.
But it is thought that the negotiations over a permanent departure have not been extensive, with Sunderland simply happy to let N’Diaye leave on loan.
N’Diaye’s exit will represent the third of Martin O’Neill’s three January signings that Di Canio has dispensed with.
Sunderland made no attempt to sign Kader Mangane permanently after the end of his loan from Middle Eastern side Al-Hilal, while Danny Graham finalised a season-long loan to Hull City 10 days ago.