Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has joined Turkish outfit Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan.

The French midfielder had spent time at fellow Turkish team Bursaspor before moving to the Stadium of Light in a £3.8m deal in January of this year.

The midfielder, who can also play as a centre-back, failed to impress the Sunderland following, making 12 appearances in the Premier League.

Having been signed by Martin O'Neill before the manager was sacked in March following a winless spell of eight matches which left the north-east club one point above the relegation zone, the 23-year-old Frenchman has reportedly fallen out of favour with new manager Paolo Di Canio.

Di Canio has since been one of the busiest managers in the transfer market, recruiting nine new players including El-Hadji Ba and Cabral, both defensive midfielders preferred to N'Diaye.

The Italian is also reported to be chasing Greek winer Charis Mavrias of Panathinaikos, with a deal suggested to be sealed sometime in the near future.

The French midfielder now moves back to Turkey, where he will be managed by Ertugrul Saglam, N'Diaye's manager from the 23-year-old's days at Bursaspor.

The former France U21 star knows he must impress on loan, with Di Canio not afraid to export players he does not feel suits his style of play. Danny Graham has also been loaned out to Hull, despite being signed in January. 

It speaks volumes about the non-hesitant nature of the volatile Italian manager, whose well-reported antics will keep the players of the Stadium of Light on their toes always, whether in Turkey or England.


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