Etihad Stadium boss keen on Stadium of Light star.
Champions Manchester City lead the chase to prise Sunderland star Stephane Sessegnon away from the Stadium of Light.
City’s interest in the Benin international stretches back to his days with Paris St Germain and Sessegnon impressed Roberto Mancini again with two outstanding displays against his side in 2012.
But City know they will face competition from Arsenal with Arsene Wenger’s scouts having tracked Sessegnon throughout last season. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also keen on the inventive, pacy forward, who operates either on the left side of midfield or as a support striker.
Mancini could have an ace up his sleeve in England winger Adam Johnson.
O’Neill is an admirer of the Wearsider and is keen to add at least one more quality wide man to operate with emerging Irish talent James McClean and Swedish star Seb Larsson to give him an option to play 4-3-3 next term. The Irishman took the Sunderland job knowing that Ellis Short has curbed the club’s spending and is aware he needs to reduce the wage bill and sell some players to fund his team strengthening plans.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Whilst Stephane Sessegnon did indeed have a very effective season last term one does wonder where exactly the Benin international would fit into Roberto Mancini’s attacking plans. The fact that the Italian is willing to use Adam Johnson as a makeweight in a deal wouldn’t result in freeing up space for the Sunderland attacker as the England international winger barely gets a look in when it comes to first team starts.
Sessegnon is a player Martin O’Neill would be loathed to lose but if interest from the Premier League champions resulted in a concrete offer for the 27 year old then it would be tough to keep the former PSG man from being tempted by a move to a club who could offer him Champions League football and the chance to win major honours.
Johnson may well be keen on a move to his hometown side especially if such a deal led to regular first team football. Since his £7m move from Middlesbrough the 24 year old has struggled to cement a place in Roberto Mancini’s starting eleven and last term the wide-man managed just ten Premier League starts.
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