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Allardyce Provides Dame N'Doye Update

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With the Senegalese striker set to join the club on loan from Turkish side Trabzonspor until the end of the season, Sam Allardyce commented on the deal in his press conference this afternoon, admitting that the player was on Wearside undergoing a medical.

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N'Doye - who has struggled to make an impact in Turkey since his move to Trabzon from Hull City last summer - has been allowed to leave to join up with Sam Allardyce's men on loan until the end of the season, with a deal set to be completed soon.

We broke the news first in this country on Friday, which you can read here. N'Doye just hasn't settled at his new club and it appears both parties have agreed to go their seperate ways, at least until the end of the current Premier League campaign.

According to reports in the Turkish press the fee to secure the Senegal international is reportedly €1,250,000 - a relatively small price to pay should he becomes a vital cog in securing our place in the top flight next season.

Allardyce was questioned about the player in his press conference this afternoon, and admitted that a deal was close:

That said, Allardyce indicated that N'Doye may well be his last incoming player - further transfers will depend upon players leaving:

Speaking to the press, Allardyce explained his reasons for targeting N'Doye, indicating he had spoken to Hull City boss Steve Bruce before making a decision:

He is going through the process of being signed on at the club at the moment.

He will hopefully get through all the tests that we participate in and come out the other end with a clean bill of health and get him signed up and raring to go.

One of the attractions is he performed very well for Hull City and scored five goals in 12 games, Steve tells me.

We have seen those goals, we have watched them.

He has had a struggle in Turkey, it hasn't quite worked for him, and this can happen when you are playing in different countries with different cultures.

But certainly what he experienced in the Premier League last year means he can hit the ground running.

He proved that last year and hopefully he can hit the ground running for us.

Despite being relegated from the Premier League last season as part of Steve Bruce's Hull side, N'Doye scored five goals in fifteen appearances, including a backheel against us in the 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium last March. N'Doye is known for his pace and power, and hopefully will be the foil for Jermain Defoe that we require to get the best out of him as we head towards the latter stages of the season.

Dame is fairly well traveled, playing in Senegal, Quatar, Portugal, Greece, Crete, Denmark, Russia, Turkey and England over the course of his career. His current spell at Trabzonspor is pretty much the only club he's struggled to settle at, and it will be interesting to see whether or not he can be a success alongside Jermain Defoe up top at Sunderland.