London - Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce confirmed on Monday that Senegal striker Dame N'Doye is close to joining the struggling Premier League club.
N'Doye was at Sunderland's headquarters with a view to signing from Turkish club Trabzonspor on loan until the end of the season.
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The 30-year-old moved to Trabzonspor from English second tier team Hull in August.
"Dame N'Doye is going through the process," Allardyce said. "He's in the building at the moment.
"We hope to pull off a deal until the end of the season with a view to a more permanent move.
"He's experienced the Premier League before with Hull City last season and scored five goals in 12 matches.
"I hope he can emulate that for us or maybe do even better."
N'Doye joined Hull, then in the top-flight before their relegation, from Lokomotiv Moscow in early 2015 and Allardyce feels the forward's previous spell in the Premier League will help him settle in quickly as Sunderland bid to beat the drop.
"Having had that experience last year, when Hull were struggling, and scoring on a regular basis, it can be very important for him settling in straight away and scoring for us," Allardyce said.