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Sunderland's double deal - but Sessegnon goes
SUNDERLAND completed a deadline double last night with the signatures of both Andrea Dossena and Fabio Borini but manager Paolo Di Canio has weakened his attacking ranks with the sale of Stephane Sessegnon.
After a hectic final day of the summer transfer window on Wearside, Borini finalised a season-long loan from Liverpool while Napoli were willing to offload Dossena in a permanent deal.
The last-minute moves – even though they had been in the offing throughout the day – meant that after months of trying Di Canio finally landed the left-back he had been searching for since losing Danny Rose in May.
Borini's arrival from Anfield was the first to be confirmed around 50 minutes before the 11pm transfer deadline.
After being given permission to join the Black Cats, the 22-year-old spent the day at the Academy of Light passing a medical after the two clubs reached an agreement over a loan.
It is understood Sunderland have paid a seven-figure sum for a year-long deal for a player who joined Liverpool from Roma in a £10.5m transfer just 14 months ago.
In 20 appearances for the Reds he scored two goals, but had his problems when a broken foot was followed by a shoulder injury during his time on Merseyside.
Before that the former Chelsea youngster scored nine times for Roma in 24 games as well as hitting the net six times during a nine-match loan at Swansea City.
While he prefers to be regarded as a striker, he has operated regularly out wide for both club and country. He has one cap for Italy and was a regular for the Under-21s.
"It feels good to make the move," said Borini. "I was waiting for it and wanting to get my time to play. I need to play, especially after a season of injuries.
"I think this is the right place to come and play a good style of football. I will be working with an Italian manager and all the staff, and it will be a great opportunity for me.
"It was the best option. Playing every week is very important for me, to get my achievements and goals for the season.
"We have great players up front. We can make a few changes of shape as well. If we have to play a tight or open game, we are ready for it.
"It is an important move for me. He (Di Canio) really looked for me and wanted me here at the club. That shows me the desire that he had to get me here to the club. That made it an easier decision for me to come. I know the way he's playing football and it's very good to be here."
Quarter of an hour after confirmation of Borini's arrival, news of his compatriot Dossena's capture followed.
Di Canio has tracked a variety of left-backs this summer but the former Liverpool defender is now seen as the man to solve the crisis.
The 31-year-old has signed a one-year contract at the Stadium of Light after Napoli allowed him to leave for an undisclosed fee.
He has ten caps for his country and made more than 200 league appearances during a playing career also spanning Palermo, Udinese, Treviso and Verona.
He became Di Canio's 14th signing of the summer and yesterday's dealings follow hot on the heels of Saturday's arrival of Swansea's Ki-Sung Yueng on a season-long loan.
But the latest pieces of the Sunderland revolution also saw, arguably, Sunderland's most creative player offloaded to West Bromwich Albion.
Sessegnon's future has been uncertain throughout the summer amid constant talk of a potential move to the Middle East or back to France.
But the 29-year-old has stayed in the Premier League after formalising his switch to The Hawthorns.
Sunderland also had it in their mind to sell the Benin international if their valuation was met but his off-the-field actions last week helped speed up the process.
Sessegnon was charged with drink driving after being stopped by Northumbria Police in Newcastle on the same night as team-mates played MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
Di Canio was disappointed the player was out and about when other members of the Sunderland squad not playing that night were in attendance at the stadium to watch the 4-2 win.
There were late fears Sessegnon's proposed switch would fall through at the last minute when Chelsea granted the Baggies permission to push for a loan for Romelu Lukaku.
But in the end Sunderland completed the deal and he is set to face Sunderland at The Hawthorns in his second game for the club on September 21.
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