SUNDERLAND target Stephane Sessegnon was on Wearside at the weekend to discuss the details of a potential loan move to the club.
The Paris St Germain playmaker (left) and his advisers held talks with chairman Niall Quinn and chief executive Steve Walton over a deal which would see the 25-year-old come to the Stadium of Light for the rest of the season, ahead of a potential £5m permanent move in the summer.
And with talks going well, there’s every chance that Sessegnon will sign and boost Steve Bruce’s options before this weekend’s derby game against Newcastle United.
Sessegnon made the short flight over from Paris to the North East in order to take a closer look at the club he might join, taking a look at the facilities at the Academy of Light and the Stadium of Light and was impressed with what he saw and heard.
With PSG not prepared to stand in the way of the talented Benin international, who has fallen out with the club’s management, there’s no reason why the move cannot be tied up sooner rather than later.
Steve Bruce, meanwhile, will continue to pursue a loan move for Inter Milan’s former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari.
Muntari, like Sessegnon, has had a fall-out with his club and would welcome a new opportunity.
That deal is nowhere near as far advanced as the Sessegnon one, but Muntari is aware of Sunderland’s interest and intrigued by the prospect of linking up Ghanaian’s international team-mates John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland, though, could face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who originally brought Muntari to England, has a long-standing interest in re-signing the player.