Arsenal Target Stephane Sessegnon Staying At Sunderland After Signing New Deal

No move for French forward.

Stephane Sessegnon has signed a contract extension with Sunderland that will keep him at the club until 2015.

The ex-Paris St Germain forward joined for a fee of £6m in January 2011, agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Benin international, 28, has been rewarded with a new contract after scoring seven goals in 36 league games.

Sessegnon, whose new contract depends on him being awarded an extension to his work permit, was named Sunderland’s player of the year in 2011-12.

He has scored a total of 11 goals in 58 games for the Black Cats.


A new contract for Stephane Sessegnon has ended transfer speculation linking the forward with a move to Arsenal. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to be a big fan of the Frenchman, whose versatility and eye for goal have made him at key player at the Stadium of Light since joining from PSG 18 months ago.

His new deal will be a relief to Black Cats boss Matin O’Neill particularly with a late deadline-day bid always a possibility. The Northern Irishman can now look forward to the new season at Sunderland with a lot of optimism about the counter-attacking side he is shaping.

England international winger Adam Johnson is already on board, as is overpriced but decent Wolves striker Steven Fletcher. And there is talk Sunderland could beat Liverpool to the signature of Clint Dempsey, with Fulham boss Martin Jol confirming on Thursday that both clubs are in discussions with the west Londoners over the American.

With Sessegnon and promising winger James McLean already at the club, Sunderland – who famously beat Man City last season – can look forward to causing a few more upsets this year.

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