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Tianjin End Sessegnon Interest

Whilst news of incomings dominate the agenda, there is also plenty going on regarding players leaving the club. But for the moment at least, Stephane Sessegnon looks like staying put.

Ian MacNicol

If Stephene Sessegnon is to leave Sunderland this summer, then Tianjin TEDA will not be his destination.

Earlier this month the Chinese Super League side were reported to be eying up a shock move for the mercurial Benin forward, but amid suggestions Sessegnon was not receptive to the move they have now turned their attentions elsewhere.

It seems that they have instead agreed a fee with Botafogo for 29-year-old Brazilian playmaker Andrezinho, as revealed by Chris Atkins.

Whilst Sessegnon no longer appears bound for the Far East, it is unlikely that speculation over his future will stop. Sunderland have been widely reported to be willing to listen to offers this summer and, in truth, such an assertion is certainly believable.

However, there is a big difference between being prepared to listen to offers and actively trying to sell.

Another club who were mentioned as a possible destination for Sessegnon were Marseille, but the Ligue 1 giants have agreed a deal to sign Dimitri Payet from Lille so that one also looks like being a non-starter.

Don't go getting his name on the back of your kids' new shirts for next season or anything, but for the moment at least there seems little tangible prospect of a move for Sessegnon on the immediate horizon.