Ex-Sunderland striker earns lucrative Montpellier move

Stephane Sessegnon scores for Sunderland in the 3-0 win over
Newcastle United at St James's Park
Stephane Sessegnon scores for Sunderland in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James's Park
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Former Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon is back in football after earning a lucrative move to France.

Montpellier today announced the signing of Sessegnon, on a two-year contract.

The ex-Black Cats frontman was a free agent, after West Brom released him at the end of last season.

A statement on the Ligue 1 club’s official website confirmed the 32-year-old Benin international had signed and been given the number 28 jersey.

It is familiar territory for Sessegnon, who has also played in France for Creteil, Le Mans and Paris St Germain.

Sessegnon had been linked with a move to Premier League new boys Burnley.

So much so that it was reported Sessegnon, having already passed a medical, pulled out of a move to Montpellier after being made aware of the Clarets interest.

But now the deal has been done which takes him back to France.

Sessegnon joined Sunderland in 2011, the Black Cats shelling out £6 million for him from PSG.

He played just short of 100 times for Sunderland, scoring 18 goals, all but one of them in the top flight, with his sweetest strike coming in a 3-0 derby win over Newcastle at St James’s Park in 2013.

Sessegnon was sent off on the last day of that season and moved on to West Brom for £5.5m and scored 11 times in 94 appearances for the Baggies.