STEPHANE Sessegnon is eager to get his West Bromwich Albion career up and running after completing an anxious move from the Black Cats.
The 29-year-old signed a three-year contract just before the window closed after flying in from Paris on Monday.
Sessegnon had been en route to hooking up with his Benin team-mates for a World Cup qualifier with Rwanda prior to being diverted to the midlands.
“I’m happy to have closed the deal because the day was too long,” said Sessegnon, bought for an Albion club record fee of £5.5million.
Before heading back out to Paris, Sessegnon added: “West Brom play very good football and have good players so for me it’s a great choice.
“The gaffer (Steve Clarke) said to me he wanted me because he wants to play more football, add more movement and create chances.
“I’m happy to sign for West Brom and I’m excited to start now.”
Sessegnon will get a quick chance to sink his old club as Sunderland head to The Hawthorns on September 21.
Albion also signed Everton striker Victor Anichebe, who conceded he felt “a pull” towards the Baggies.
Anichebe scored three goals in seven matches against Albion for the Toffees and said: “There have been a few moments in my history that have happened against West Brom.
“I scored my first Premier League goal against West Brom; I scored here on New Year’s Day two years ago – when my dad was in hospital. They are key moments in my professional career so far, and because of that something pulled me towards the club.”
“For me, having been at Everton for so long, which is my team, for me to leave there had to be a reason – some sort of connection.
“I felt a connection to come to West Brom, and as soon as I heard there was an interest, I knew I was coming here.”