Sulley Muntari on verge of Sunderland move

SULLEY Muntari is finally on the verge of sealing his protracted move to Sunderland although the chances of fellow target Stephane Sessegnon signing for the Black Cats appear to be receding.

A loan move for Muntari, with a view to a permanent switch in the summer, could be completed as early as today with the Inter Milan midfielder set to join fellow Ghanaians John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan at the Stadium of Light.

But Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is less confident of landing Sessegnon after the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder had appeared to be on his way to Sunderland last week.

The Black Cats are yet to agree a fee with PSG for the £5million rated player although there remains speculation in France on his future.

Sessegnon ended his showdown with manager Antoine Kombouare last week when he returned to training for the first time in a month.

But he was left out of PSG’s French Cup clash at Agen yesterday due to a mystery illness with some reports claiming that could be a smokescreen for a move away.

Sunderland had hoped Sessegnon would fly to the North East last Thursday night for talks and when that didn’t materialise, they were aiming to speak with the player over the weekend.

But the move is not thought to be any nearer than it was a fortnight ago with Muntari now by far the closer of the two players to joining.

Muntari’s agent Fabien Piveteau has dismissed speculation linking Spurs, Liverpool and Everton with an interest in the ex-Portsmouth midfielder saying: “That is not true, indeed if everything is sorted out with Sunderland he will be going there.

“We hope to have everything sorted shortly, maybe by tomorrow.

“He knows Sunderland is a good club, possibly not the biggest but he wants to be playing football.”