STEPHANE Sessegnon is expected to fly to the North East this weekend to clinch a £4.25million move to Sunderland.
Talks are ongoing with the Paris St Germain playmaker (right) and Sunderland are confident of landing the 26-year-old, although tomorrow’s trip to Blackpool will come too soon for the midfielder.
It would represent a first major breakthrough in the January transfer window for the Black Cats, who began the month expecting to do little business in the market but have been forced by injuries and Darren Bent’s defection to plunge headlong into it.
Sessegnon, who is back in training with PSG after going on strike in order to win a move, will arrive on a permanent deal rather than a loan and his arrival will mark the culmination of intense negotiations over the course of the past fortnight.
The signing – which will happen barring any late hitch, and there is reportedly late interest from Everton – is a triumph for Sunderland’s negotiating team who also had to make a successful argument in favour of Sessegnon gaining a work permit to play in England.
Last week, they had neither the permit nor PSG’s permission to move for the player. But things have moved on quickly since then and Sessegnon’s arrival is bound to be a boost to manager Steve Bruce.
Sessegnon can play anywhere across the midfield but is an attack-minded player and can also play just behind a striker – something Bruce might take into consideration with the Blackpool game coming up and Asamoah Gyan his only fit striker.
The move for Muntari remains ongoing but Sunderland have done as much as they can at this stage and the ball is in Inter Milan’s court as to whether the Ghana midfielder is allowed to link-up with his international team-mates Asamoah Gyan and John Mensah or not.
Sunderland remain hopeful that before the transfer window closes Muntari will join Sessegnon at the Stadium of Light.