No Sunderland bid for Ricardo Fuller

Close ... Stephane Sessegnon.

Close ... Stephane Sessegnon.

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SUNDERLAND have not made a £3m bid for Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller, despite stories claiming that he has.

Instead, boss Steve Bruce is looking at using potential new signing Stephane Sessegnon (right) as a back-up striker to Asamoah Gyan as he admits it is almost impossible to get any value for money for strikers this month.

“The dilemma we have is that the centre-forwards I would like to bring to the club are either not available, or not available in a manner we think is realistic,” he said.

“The last thing I want to do is bring someone in for the sake of it. I would rather keep my powder dry for the future.

“We have six games coming up in the next two months, then in two months’ time, I’ll have Fraizer Campbell and Danny Welbeck fit. To try to get better than those players at the moment, I can’t.

“So I think it’s sensible to bide our time and keep the club’s money in my pocket until the summer.

“You have to be some striker if you are going to be on a par with Campbell, Welbeck and Gyan. That’s the quality we’re looking at.”

Instead, Bruce would be happy to use Sessegnon as a striker, should anything happen to Gyan, and he would also be happy to use the Benin international in the role that Kieran Richardson occupied last week at Blackpool of playing immediately behind the front man.

He said: “We’ve been tracking Sessegnon for a long time because of his versatility.

“Sessegnon is somebody who will light up the stadium.

“He’s one of those players with a low centre of gravity, who is stockily built, but who is very, very quick.

“I was told by his agent that he’s been training in the last couple of weeks with an Olympic sprinter who thinks that, over 60 metres, he could be in the top ten fastest runners in France.

“He’s lightning quick, and he’s exactly what we haven’t really had before.

“He’s been on our radar for a while because we know he’s been uncomfortable in Paris for whatever reason. I hope he can come and do a good job for us.”

Sunderland hope to tie up a deal for the 26-year-old over the weekend, once full agreement is reached with PSG on the structuring of payments on a £5.5m move.