STEPHANE Sessegnon was again linked with a move to Arsenal today after reports in France suggested the Sunderland forward was on Arsene Wenger’s shortlist.
Sessegnon has been the subject of transfer talk for several months, with the Gunners, Spurs and the 27-year-old’s former club, Paris St Germain, all credited with an interest.
Wenger is said to have made Sessegnon one of his key targets, according to French newspaper L’Equipe this morning, after Arsenal have already completed a deal for German striker Lukas Podolski and are thought to be on the verge of landing Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.
But Arsenal could well be priced out of a move for Sessegnon, with Sunderland reportedly looking for a fee in excess of £17million for the Benin international.
Certainly, Sunderland are not looking to sell Sessegnon, who was named the Supporters’ Player of the Year last week.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill has publicly declared his eagerness to keep Sessegnon, who arrived on Wearside for a bargain £6m in January 2011 and still has another two years to run on his contract.
Sessegnon is in no hurry to leave the Stadium of Light either, telling the Echo last week that he had unfinished business with the Wearsiders.
“I’ve got no problem with life here and it’s always good news to hear that the manager wants to keep you,” he said.
“I’m aware of the speculation, but I can’t do anything about it.
“As I’ve said before, I don’t feel that my work here is finished.”