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Sessegnon didn't seek switch

Stephane Sessegnon, who completed a deadline day move to West Bromwich Albion, insists he never asked to leave Sunderland.

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Stephane Sessegnon: Has taken on a new challenge at West Brom

Stephane Sessegnon: Has taken on a new challenge at West Brom

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The 29-year-old midfielder was offloaded by former Black Cats boss Paolo Do Canio as part of a comprehensive summer rebuilding project at the Stadium of Light.

He was not allowed to go cheap, with West Brom making the Benin international their record signing.

A transfer away from Sunderland had been mooted for some time - with Sessegnon having proven himself on the Premier League stage - but he is adamant that he was happy on Wearside and only accepted a new challenge once an enticing opportunity was put to him.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "I didn't sense that I was going to leave Sunderland, but that's the life of a footballer.

"If a club wants you and they accept an offer, then that's what happens. That's football.

"I never asked to leave the club. But the club accepted the offer and then I had the choice to come to West Brom.

"It's football and I had the chance to continue playing in the Premier League. It's a good opportunity for me.

"I had three very good years at Sunderland with some great moments. I will always remember the good memories there and the people at the club."

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