Arsenal lead transfer race for Sessegnon
Published 22:31 03/04/12 By Simon Bird
Arsenal are set to rival PSG in a bidding war for Sunderland dynamo Stephane Sessegnon.
The Benin winger has attracted interest from leading European clubs since Martin O’Neill admitted the Wearsiders may struggle to keep him because his family have not settled in the North East.
Sunderland paid PSG £6million for Sessegnon but his value has increased to around £10m after a series of breathtaking performances this year which have hauled Sunderland into the top four on results in 2012.
O’Neill will have scope to reshape his squad in the summer and finding fresh impetus up front will be a priority, with Nicklas Bendtner‘s loan spell ending and Sessegnon the subject of interest from wealthy rivals.
Ahmed Elmohamady, Matt Kilgallon, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-Won are among the players who have barely featured under O’Neill since he took over and could be vulnerable in the summer.
O’Neill will also want to test top Irish talent David Meyler in the final games of the season.
Keeper Craig Gordon is out of contract and likely to leave as he is now behind Simon Mignolet in the pecking order.