West Bromwich Albion have broken their club transfer record to pick up Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
A late deal on transfer deadline day, the Baggies confirmed the three-year deal was worth more than the reported £6.5 million Shane Long cost from Reading in 2011, but they would not disclose the fee.
The deal goes through despite Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio claiming last month that he did not want to sell the 29-year-old midfielder.
Sessegnon won Sunderland's Player of the Season Award in the 2011/12 season but had not had as great an influence in the team last term and with Sunderland bringing in 13 new signings over the summer - including Liverpool's Fabio Borini on loan - the Benin international was allowed to leave.
Baggies boss Steve Clarke had been looking to bolster his attacking options at The Hawthorns and claimed the versatile midfielder's signature despite rumours he may join Qatari side El Jaish.
As well as Sessegnon, Clarke also secured the services of Everton forward Victor Anichebe for a fee which could rise to £6 million.
Anichebe's fellow Nigerian international Peter Odewingie left the Hawthorns for Cardiff City after relations with Clarke had turned sour resulting in 32-year-old being pushed to the fringes of the squad.
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