Sunderland determined to hold onto Benin’s Sessegnon

Hatem Maher, Saturday 17 Mar 2012

Benin international is homesick, but Sunderland look to keep him following his impressive displays this season

Stephane Sessegnon

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said on Saturday he will do his best to keep Benin midfielder Stephane Sessegnon at the club, despite his homesickness.

"We wouldn't want to lose Sessegnon because of homesickness. His family concerns are something we really have to look at now," O’Neill was quoted as saying by English media.

"We have someone at the club who's in constant touch with Sess and we will do everything we can."

Sessegnon, who will miss the team’s FA Cup game at Everton on Saturday due to suspension, has been one of Sunderland’s key players since joining from Paris Saint Germain in January 2011.

Reports suggest that several teams, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, are interested in signing him.

"I haven’t had a word from his agent but I believe his name will be bandied around, and we’d hate to lose him," O’Neill added.

"He is going to attract an awful lot of attention from big clubs."

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