Baggies snap up Black Cats’ attacker on transfer-deadline day.
West Bromwich Albion announced the club-record signing of Sunderland front man Stephane Sessegnon just hours before the summer transfer window slammed shut for business for the year on Monday night, according to the club’s official website.
The Benin international has agreed a three-year contract with the Baggies, and has been bought for an undisclosed fee after the 29-year-old underwent a successful medical in the west Midlands on Monday afternoon, with the final transfer sum being greater than that paid to sign striker Shane Long from Reading two years ago.
Sessegnon had been at the Stadium of Light for the past two-and-a-half seasons, having originally arrived in the north east from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011 on a three-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of £6 million.
And in the intervening period, the forward has managed to register an impressive 18 goals and 15 assists in total in his 97 matches for the Black Cats, all but one of which came in the Premier League, where Sessegnon has mostly been the Premier League strugglers’ stand-out performer.
The attacker wears the No 29 shirt at the Hawthorns this season and will be replacing Long in attack, after the Republic of Ireland international decided to join Hull City on transfer-deadline day.