Bruce confident over deals

Sunderland boss hopes to tie up Muntari and Sessegnon

Bruce: Confident

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is confident of completing the signings of Sulley Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon.

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Muntari is already in the North East talking over his potential loan move from Inter Milan, while Paris Saint Germain's Sessegnon is due to arrive on Wearside on Friday.

Sessegnon has told skysports.com of his desire to seal his switch, while Muntari is also known to be keen to finalise his transfer.

And Bruce is confident that after a long chase he will land the pair this weekend.

"We're now in discussions with Sulley Muntari," said Bruce.

"There's an agreement with (Inter) Milan, and I believe the deal is close. We're in discussions with Paris St Germain about Stephane Sessegnon, but we haven't got permission to speak to the player directly yet.

Lightning quick

"We have permission to speak to Sulley, so I guess you could say that's the furthest down the line. In the next 24 hours, though, I would hope that we could add both players to the squad.

"We've been tracking Sessegnon for a long time because of his versatility.

"He can play on the left, the right, up front, or off a lone striker. He's played in all of those positions when we've been watching him. That's the beauty of him.

"Sessegnon is somebody who will light up the stadium. He's one of those players with a low centre of gravity, who is stockily built, but who is very, very quick.

"I was told by his agent that he's been training in the last couple of weeks with an Olympic sprinter who thinks that, over 60 metres, he could be in the top 10 fastest runners in France.

"He's lightning quick, and he's exactly what we haven't really had before. He's been on our radar for a while because we know he's been uncomfortable in Paris for whatever reason. I hope he can come and do a good job for us."