Star forward told he can leave.
An anonymous source at Sunderland has told Sky Sports that the club will grant Stephane Sessegnon an exit from the club this summer, though the player is not keen on a move to China.
The Benin international has reportedly said that he is happy at the club, and would be willing to sign a new deal to stay, but boss Paolo Di Canio is intent on accepting a good offer as he continues to overhaul the squad ahead of the start of the new season.
The source told Sky Tyne and Wear: “He [Sessegnon] has been told he can go.
“He was very happy to commit and stay at Sunderland but if the club wants a clear-out what can you do?”
The source also admitted that work is ongoing to find Sessegnon a new club though he confessed that: “At the moment it is quiet.”
Chinese club Tianjin Teda had been interested in offering the 29-year-old a bumper contract to join them, but he is apparently not interested in moving out that far and rejected the offer without even meeting club officials.
Sessegnon joined the Black Cats in a £6 million deal from Paris Saint Germain in 2011 and has gone on to make 95 appearances, scoring 18 goals.