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Bruce lands Sessegnon

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was celebrating on Saturday night after pulling off a second January transfer window signing.

Stephane Sessegnon has joined the club from Paris St Germain for a fee of around £6million.

The 26-year-old Benin international, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, will join Sulley Muntari at the Stadium of Light after the Ghana midfielder signed on loan from Inter Milan for the remainder of the season.

Sessegnon admitted he was fulfilling a dream by moving to a Barclays Premier League club despite a lengthy and at times difficult negotiating process.

He told Sunderland's official website www.safc.com: "I am very happy and glad to be here.

"The transfer has been long and the execution has been tough, but I am very happy.

"I can't wait to start in the Premier League. It has been my dream for years. The Premier League is the best league to play in; I have always wanted to play here.

"It is a great pleasure to be here and my wish is to give the maximum to Sunderland.

"I want to thank (chairman) Niall (Quinn), Steve (Bruce) and (assistant manager) Eric (Black) for all the support they have shown to me. This transfer has been difficult, but they were always here helping me.

"Sunderland was the place I wanted to be even though there were other teams interested."

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