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Reports: Sesse-Gone?

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Is the Gandalf of Benin, the Dumbledore of Dahomey, headed for the exit at Sunderland? Reports say yes.

Mike Hewitt

Stephane Sessegnon's stay at Sunderland appears to be coming to an end amid Sky Sports reports of the club agreeing a fee of around £5m with El-Jaish.

Those reports are, we believe, a little premature with no agreement currently reached, though the player leaving the Stadium of Light in the next week remains a strong possibility.

Rumours of the move have been abound for a while now, and two weeks ago we reported that the Doha-based press had confirmed that the Benin forward was 'an option' for the Qatar club. Now, with mere days left before Monday's transfer deadline, that interest appears to have been firmed up with Sunderland willing to sell.

The reported fee would disappoint some, but in reality it is probably fair for a player moving past his peak who has never really produced on a consistent basis.

The big question on Wearside will now be how he is replaced. Paolo Di Canio said that he was open to losing Sessegnon but if so demanded a midfielder and experienced striker in his place.

From a personal point of view, as much as I love Sessegnon I just think his time here has come to a natural end. The shine has rubbed from his game a little and just doesn't produce often enough to justify building a team around him.

Should he complete a move, he will leave a very decent Sunderland legacy behind and a plenty of good memories. It has certainly been fun.