New West Brom signing granted work permit

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West Brom's record signing Stephane Sessegnon has been granted a work permit paving the way for him to make his debut against his former club Sunderland on Saturday.

The Benin international made a deadline day move from the Black Cats to the Hawthorns but was unavailable to play against Fulham last Saturday.

West Brom shelled out a club record £6 million to bag the 29-year-old midfielder and will be hoping he lives up to his price-tag.

"Stephane Sessegnon has been granted a work permit," a club statement read.

"The Baggies' club-record signing is now available to make his debut against his old club Sunderland on Saturday." 

A late equaliser from Gareth McAuley against Fulham was the Baggies' first goal of the season and manager Steve Clarke will be hoping Seesgnon's addition will bring more goals and a first win of the season.

"I was disappointed not to have Stephane last weekend and obviously he himself was disappointed that he had to have another weekend off," said Clarke.

"But the work permit has come through and he's in the squad for this weekend.

"I won't have to motivate Stephane. He's just joined a new club and he's got a new challenge.

"You can see every day in training that he's excited about the prospect of playing here and he's looking forward to the game at the weekend. 

"I don't think it would matter who we were playing, he'd still be looking forward to it.

"But you'd think it would be a perfect game, yes."

Sessegnon signed a three-year deal on joining West Brom after three seasons at Sunderland.

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