Stephane Sessegnon pens new Sunderland contract

Dated: 01/02/2012'GOAL TWO.... SESSEGNON CELEBRATES...Sunderland's Staphane Sessegnon celebrates after swooping to head in Sunderland's second goal in the premier league game between Sunderland and Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
Dated: 01/02/2012'GOAL TWO.... SESSEGNON CELEBRATES...Sunderland's Staphane Sessegnon celebrates after swooping to head in Sunderland's second goal in the premier league game between Sunderland and Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

STEPHANE Sessegnon has agreed a new contract with Sunderland in a major boost to Martin O’Neill before transfer deadline day.

Sessegnon has been linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light this summer, with Spurs, Arsenal and his former club Paris St Germain all keeping tabs on the 28-year-old.

But despite the speculation over his future ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline, Sessegnon has persistently reiterated his happiness on Wearside and Sunderland boss O’Neill held talks with the Benin international’s agent last week.

Sessegnon has now penned a year-long extension to his contract, which will keep him on Wearside until the summer of 2015.

The contract is subject to the formalities of his work permit being extended, but it is yet another success for O’Neill in the transfer window.

O’Neill splashed out £22million to sign Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson last week and has now ensured last season’s Player of the Year remains at the Stadium of Light.