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N'Diaye Betis Move Back On

After a breakdown in contract talks with the Spanish side earlier in the week it looks as though the Senegal international could still yet be headed away from Wearside, perhaps as soon as today.

Richard Sellers

Betis, who kick off their Segunda Division campaign against Sabadell this Saturday, are hoping to complete a move for big Alf in time for the game at the weekend, with N'Diaye's agent meeting again with the club today in order to attempt to finalise the deal.

Sunderland and Los Verdiblancos, who visited the North East a few weeks ago to take us on in a friendly at Heritage Park, agreed a fee earlier this week - around two million pounds - but the move looked dead after the player and his prospective new club failed to agree personal terms.

It was rumoured that La Liga sides Elche and Celta Vigo had shown interest in N'Diaye - whether or not there is truth in that remains to be seen - and you'd imagine, that should either side come to an agreement on a fee, that N'Diaye's preferred choice would be to play in the Spanish top division next season as opposed to starting life with Betis in the second tier.

It's a tough one for me. I've always thought that N'Diaye has something to offer us and what he does add to the hand that Gus Poyet has been dealt is another box-to-box option as an alternative to Jack Rodwell. The problem on the player's side is likely that he wants to be playing regular first team football. He's sixth in the pecking order now at Sunderland and wasn't handed a squad number on Friday, which tells its own story.

The Evening Chronicle are suggesting that the deal could be completed today - lets see how this one progresses.