Allardyce expects N’Doye impact; wants Lens stay

Date published: Monday 11th January 2016 4:03

Dame N'Doye: Striker netted five times on loan at Hull

Sam Allardyce says he expects Dame N’Doye to add to Sunderland’s goalscoring threat, while insisting Jeremain Lens remains a “big part” of his plans.

As revealed by TEAMtalk, striker N’Doye is undergoing a medical with Sunderland, ahead of moving to the Stadium of Light on loan from Turkish club Trabzonspor.

The 30-year-old scored five goals in 12 starts at Hull City last season and Allardyce revealed he sought the advice of Tigers manager Steve Bruce before trying to sign the Senegal international.

“My old mate Brucey said he brought something they didn’t have last season,” he said.

“He knows and has experienced the Premier league. Hopefully he can score goals for us. Let’s hope he can achieve the improvement we are looking for in terms of converting more chances and scoring goals.”

Meanwhile, Allardyce insisted he wants winger Lens to stay on Wearside.

The 28-year-old, who joined Sunderland in a £8million deal from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, said he may look to leave the club this month as he was unhappy at being named on the bench.

Lens started at Arsenal on Saturday and scored the opening goal before the Black Cats were eventually beaten 3-1.

“Hopefully he’s got to grips with this level of football, which is hugely difficult in your first season in the Premier League,” Allardyce added.

“We haven’t had any interest in Jeremain from anybody else, so I would want him to be a big part of what we’re trying to do to get out of the trouble we’re in.

“He’s one of the most expensive players we’ve bought in recent years, so you’ve got to ask that player to live up to that reputation.”

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