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PSG aim to pip Arsenal in battle for Sessègnon

PARIS St-Germain are ready to rival Arsenal for the signing of Sunderland striker Stéphane Sessègnon, sparking a potential bidding war in the summer.

Sessègnon has been in superb form for the Black Cats this season and although Arsenal are thought to be the favourites to sign him after he caught the eye of Arsène Wenger, the Benin international is also attracting interest from cash-rich PSG.

The 26-year-old moved to Wearside from PSG for £6million in January last year, but his former club have since been taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority, who have given the Parisian outfit huge financial backing.

PSG are desperate to add players to their squad in the summer, before the full implication of Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations, and know Sunderland will be vulnerable if their offer is high enough to give them flexibility in their own summer transfer plans.


A bid of more than £15m would be difficult to turn down.

Sessègnon could well be tempted to return to France, particularly as his family remain in Paris and he regularly travels back to see them from Sunderland.

Sunderland boss O'Neill has denied receiving any inquiries for the striker, who was outstanding in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City last weekend, but Arsenal and PSG are likely to firm up their interest as soon as the season comes to a close.

There was some good news for Arsenal fans today as Jack Wilshere's slow progress towards a return to the Gunners' first team was set to progress significantly with the midfielder due to play a friendly against the Birmingham reserves behind closed doors.

His last appearance in an Arsenal shirt was in the Emirates Cup and after a surgery, and a subsequent set-back, a successful outing would be a significant step forward.