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Premier League

West Brom signing Stephane Sessegnon finally awarded work permit

The midfielder is in line to make his debut against former club Sunderland

Record-signing Stephane Sessegnon could make his West Brom debut against former club Sunderland this weekend after he was granted a work permit on Wednesday.

The attacking midfielder made a deadline-day move to the Baggies but was unavailable for last weekend's 1-1 draw at Fulham as he awaited the required paperwork.

That has now been granted to free the 29-year-old Benin international, who cost an initial £5.5million, to make his Baggies bow against the club with whom he spent two-and-a-half seasons.

"Stephane Sessegnon has today been granted a work permit," a West Brom statement read.

"The Baggies' club-record signing is now available to make his debut against his former club Sunderland, at The Hawthorns, on Saturday."

Sessegnon, who signed a three-year deal, is set to bolster West Brom's attacking options following a barren start to the campaign in front of goal.

Defender Gareth McAuley's late header against Fulham on Saturday was their first goal in the Barclays Premeir League this term.