The midfielder may have played his last match at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s star midfielder Stephane Sessegnon may have played his last game for the Black Cats as his three-match ban is upheld and Liverpool look to snap him up.
Sessegnon was sent off during his side’s 6-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Monday, yet the north east team appealed the subsequent ban which keeps him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
An Independent Regulatory Commission rejected manager Paolo Di Canio’s claims of wrongful dismissal and Sessegnon will therefore miss Sunderland’s remaining matches with Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham.
However, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers keeping his eye on the Benin international this could mean fans at the Stadium of Light have seen the last of their star man.
Reports in the Daily Express have linked Sessegnon with a move to Anfield, as the Black Cats continue to struggle in the league and stories that the midfielder’s family have failed to settle on Wearside have re-risen.
Yet whether the 28-year-old stays or leaves Sunderland, the club would almost certainly want the player available to them as Di Canio tries to steer the side from relegation.
Defeat to Villa has put the Wearsiders level on points with their relegation rivals and they are just five points clear of 18th placed Wigan – who have a game in hand over the Black Cats.
Sunderland signed Sessegnon from Paris Saint-Germain for £6.2million in 2011 and the Beninese man has scored 18 goals for the club, including seven in the Premier League this season.