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Sessegnon 'An Option' For Qatari Club

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Could Sunderland be about to lose another key player to the Middle East?

Mike Hewitt

Stephane Sessegnon is a target for El-Jaish, according to influential Qatari newspaper The Gulf Times.

Speculation tends to surround the Benin International's future every summer, and he has already been linked with a move to China since the end of last season. This time it is a move to the Middle East which has been mooted, with the Doha-based paper claiming:

Sources have confirmed to us that Stephan Sessegnon, the star center of Benin and the English club Sunderland, is one option (for El-Jaish).

Sessegnon himself has been adamant that he is happy and settled on Wearside, and recently insisted he was not even thinking about a transfer at this time.

However, Sunderland have discovered to their cost before that the cash-draw of Arabic football can be a strong one, and should El-Jaish firm up their offer the expectancy is that Sessegnon would be receptive to the move.

Further fuel has been poured upon speculation by a recent spate of fresh stories linking the Black Cats with a string of enquiries for strikers. Juventus pair Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri have been mentioned as loan targets, as has Lazio's Sergio Floccari.

With Stephane Sessegnon you never really know what is going on or what to expect, both on the pitch and off it. But a Sunderland exit this month looks a distinct possibility.