Sunderland's plan to completely revamp the playing squad is continuing at a pace, with Gino Peruzzi on the verge of signing and Danny Graham close to a move to Hull but there could be a surprise departure in the shape of French midfielder Alfred N'Diaye.
According to this morning's local newspapers, N'Diaye is the subject of a bid from an unnamed Turkish club, although the Daily Mail believes the offer is from N'Diaye's former club Bursaspor. Whether the bid is for a loan or permanent move is also unknown but the Mail believes Sunderland are unlikely to stand in his way if the bid matches the fee O'Neill paid, which is thought to be around £4m.
After joining the club in January, N'Diaye's performances were rather erratic but showed signs of promise, in particular when he shone in the wins against Wigan, Newcastle and Everton. Which included a brilliant display against Marouane Fellaini, when he nullified the player who has so often been a thorn in Sunderland's side.
At 23-year-old, there is plenty of time for him to improve, so it would be a shame to lose him after only half a season at the club but in an interview with SAFC.com earlier today, Roberto De Fanti said something that could have repercussions with N'Diaye;
We can't have players on full wages sitting in the stands.
It's unknown what wages Alfred N'Diaye is on but taking into account his transfer fee and Sunderland's previous poor negotiating skills, it's not a stretch to believe he may be available for the right price. Especially with the recent signing of holding midfielder Cabral and the public pursuits of Alfred Duncan, Josuha Guilavogui and Tom Huddlestone, meaning N'Diaye is likely to be far from a guaranteed starter.
Although far from a done deal, this could be a move to keep an eye on.