Stephane Sessegnon could be the first big name to leave the Stadium of Light this summer as Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio looks to make serious changes to his squad.

The Black Cats are not looking for buyers for the 29-year-old Benin international, according to the Daily Mail, but a sizeable bid would be enough to convince them to part ways with their prized asset.

The playmaker has been linked with moves to Marseille and the big-spending Chinese sides Tianjin Teda and Shanghai Shenua already this summer.

Since Sessegnon's £6m move from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011 he has become a Wearside favourite, scoring 17 goals in 84 appearances for the Black Cats.

At his best he is a nightmare for any defence, although he hasn't scored perhaps as many as he would have liked, he's been one of Sunderland's stand-out performers over the past two seasons.

However, inconsistency has been a problem and that may be a factor in Di Canio's decision as to whether to cash in on the player.


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