SUNDERLAND SIGN SESSEGNON

Sunderland have signed Paris St Germain midfielder Sessegnon for a fee reported to be in the region of £ 6 million. The Black Cats paid £6m for the 26-year-old international, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal. “The transfer has been long and the execution tough but I am very happy,” Sessegnon told the club website. “I want to thank chairman Niall Quinn, manager Steve Bruce and assistant boss Eric Black for all the support they’ve shown me.” Sessegnon began his career playing club football in Benin before moving to French second division side Creteil. Read more »

MILIBAND TO JOIN SUNDERLAND

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband could become the new secretary of Sunderland after he is in talks with the club. The defeated Labour leadership contender is in discussions with Sunderland over a non-executive post. He would focus on international and community work, a club spokesman said. Mr Miliband was also reported to have pitched TV ideas to the BBC and is set to become a volunteer politics teacher at his local school in North London. Read more »

BRUCE CRITICISES SCHEDULE

Steve Bruce has criticised the Premier league schedule as being ridiculous. Nedum Onuoha, Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan were all injured in the Black Cats’ 2-0 home defeat by Blackpool. Bruce says it is “nonsense” that his players should face five games in eight days and he now wants a winter break. “Every country in Europe does it,” he said. “We should be taking a break too, there should be a break here.” Bruce’s sentiments were echoed on Tuesday by West Ham manager Avram Grant following his side’s 1-1 draw against Everton. Read more »

BRUCE PLEASED WITH DRAW

Steve Bruce has said that he is happy with Sunderland’s draw with Fulham. Bruce took on his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes, but neither boss could mastermind a win amid a dire stalemate of few chances. The Black Cats, who have won just once away from home this season, move up to sixth in the Premier League with the point and Bruce is embracing the positives. “I think you’re always delighted to pick up a point away from home and I couldn’t fault the effort and determination, considering the changes we had to make defensively,” he told Sky Sports. Read more »

SUNDERLAND DEFEATED

A poor Sunderland side were defeated against an impressive Wolves side. It spared the Wolves chairman the embarrassment of calling McCarthy to account only days after allowing the chief executive Jez Moxey to respond to unhappy fans by reaffirming their backing for their under-fire employee. Read more »

BENT HAILS SUNDERLAND SPIRIT

Darren Bent has hailed the spirit of the Sunderland team after they game back from a goal down to draw against Arsenal. The Black Cats have made a steady yet unspectacular start to the 2010/11 campaign, taking six points from their opening five games. The latest of those came against high-flying Arsenal on Saturday, as a last-gasp leveller earned them a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Bent proved to be the hero of the hour on that occasion, as he pounced deep into stoppage-time to hand Steve Bruce’s side a hard-fought equaliser. Read more »

SUNDERLAND OFFERED COULDN’T BE REFUSED

Rennes chief Dreossi has spoken on Gyan sale saying that Sunderland made offer he could not refuse. Sunderland splashed out a record fee for the Ghana international on transfer deadline day. Rennes general manager Pierre Dréossi said: “We wanted to keep Asamoah for another year and sell Ismael Bangoura, but the offer from Sunderland was not refusable neither for the player nor the club. “We would have preferred to settle the transfer 15 days before the closure of the market. This would have allowed us to consider things more.” Read more »

SUNDERLAND INTERESTED IN JAMES

Sunderland are interested in signing veteran England international, David James. The 39-year-old is set to leave Pompey after failing to respond to the club’s contract proposal before the deadline to answer passed. James is preparing to open negotiations with Scottish side Celtic, but Sunderland are going to try and make a bid for the veteran goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports. Black Cats number one goalkeeper Craig Gordon will miss the beginning of the season after suffering a broken arm, and back-up Martin Fulop is believed to be leaving the club this summer. Read more »

SUNDERLAND’S BENT MISSES OUT

It appears that striker Darren Bent has failed to impress in an England jersey once again and has been left out of the World Cup squad, Mirror Football is reporting. According to the report, the Sunderland forward – who was tipped by many, including his club manager Steve Bruce and team-mates to make the squad for the trip to South Africa, was axed from the original 30 man squad Fabio Capello finalized for the tournament this morning. Bent was the second best English goalscorer this season with 24 goals but his form for England has not been as productive. Read more »

Bruce targets Wigan Duo

SUNDERLAND are today said to be preparing a £9m double summer swoop on manager Steve Bruce’s old club Wigan. The former Manchester United player is a long-standing admirer of the Latics’ Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa, and tried to sign him in the January transfer window. And, according to today’s Daily Mirror, he is also keen to bring goalkeeper Chris Kirkland to the Stadium of Light, to compete with Craig Gordon for the No 1 shirt. Read more »