Steve Bruce’s pursuit of Stephane Sessegnon should reach its climax this weekend with the 26-year-old Paris St Germain playmaker expected to fly to England to seal a permanent switch to Sunderland.
Talks are said to be at an advanced stage, and despite late interest from Everton, The Black Cats look to have got their man for a fee in the region of £4million.
The signing would represent Sunderland’s first foray into the transfer market since the high-profile departure of striker Darren Bent to Aston Villa for an initial £18million.
Bruce’s attacking options are somewhat limited at present with injuries to Danny Welbeck and Frazier Campbell, leaving Asamoah Gyan as the only fit striker at the Stadium of Light.
Sessegnon can play anywhere across the midfield, but is an attack-minded player who can also play off a front man – something that the Sunderland chief must have taken into consideration.
“There are a few players we’re looking at, but we will want value for money and we’re not going to be held to ransom,” said Bruce.
It's also thought that Sunderland are continuing to pursue a loan move for Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari before the transfer window closes, although that deal is still some way from completion.