Bassila performs U-turn
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Christian Bassila has performed another U-turn as he heads for Sunderland.
Christian Bassila has performed another U-turn as he looks set to sign a two-year contract with Sunderland after all.
The former Strasbourg skipper was due to put pen-to-paper on Wearside on Monday, with Mick McCarthy confident he had secured the free agent's services, only for Auxerre to make a late offer.
The midfielder headed for France for talks but the Stade Abbe Deschamps side may instead now turn to Aston Villa's Mathieu Berson to boost their squad after the negotiations with Bassila faltered.
Auxerre are desperate to recruit a defensive midfielder and they want to sign Berson, who has not been a hit at Villa Park, on loan.
However, Celta Vigo, Mallorca and Osasuna are also tracking the former Nantes man.
Sunderland suffered their third straight defeat on Tuesday against Manchester City and McCarthy is keen to add some experience and quality to his side.