Steve Bruce brings quality playmaker to the Stadum of Light.
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Sunderland have signed Benin midfielder Stephane Sessegnon from French club Paris St Germain.
The Black Cats paid £6m for the 26-year-old international, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.
“The transfer has been long and the execution tough but I am very happy,” Sessegnon told the club website.
“I want to thank chairman Niall Quinn, manager Steve Bruce and assistant boss Eric Black for all the support they’ve shown me.”
Sessegnon began his career playing club football in Benin before moving to French second division side Creteil.
He then moved to Le Mans before PSG signed the midfielder in 2008, making a total of 76 appearances.
Sessegnon, who has 36 international caps, scored eight goals at the Paris club.
His arrival is Bruce’s second major signing of the January transfer window, having also acquired the services of Sulley Muntari on loan until the end of the season.
“Stephane can play on the left, on the right, through the middle – he’s lightning quick and he’s a match-winner,” added Bruce.
“He’s a little powerhouse with a small centre of gravity, some great dribbling skills and a good shot.
“I think he’ll be a big hit with the supporters. I predict he’ll turn into a crowd favourite.
“His ability to slot in across attacking positions makes him a great addition to what is a young and hungry squad.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Sunderland have done a great bit of business during the January transfer window. After getting a pretty decent sum for want-away striker Darren Bent they have now brought in two quality midfielders who should help further Steve Bruce’s top six ambitions and add more creativity to his Black Cats side.
Stephane Sessegnon is a strong running dynamo who acts as a very combative playmaker helping to give the Stadium of Light more diversity and the Benin international should be able to help provide the ammunition for Sunderland’s front men as well as weighing in with some goals of his own.
The 26 year old has gone through the French football system very effectively from lesser sides Creteil and Le Mans before securing a move to Paris Saint-Germain where over the past two and a half seasons he had achieved the status of being one of the most talented players in Ligue 1.