Sunderland monitoring Greek sensation

With the player’s contract set to expire at the end of this season, Sunderland are reported to be circling the signature of Panathinaikos.

The news could mean that the Black Cats are bracing themselves for the departure of Stephane Sessegnon who, after filling in at a more advanced role this season, has earned huge plaudits.

The North East outfit would undoubtedly not be in the same league position were it not for the Benin international and some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly chasing the 27 year-old.

Ninis could be seen as a direct replacement for the Sunderland talisman and would fill the void left at attacking midfield should Sessegnon choose to leave.

Despite playing for the Greek outfit since before he was a teenager, Ninis may jump at the chance to join the Premier League should Sunderland come asking.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 21 year-old over the past two years, however no considerable approaches have been made as of yet.

After recovering from a rupture of his cruciate ligament, Ninis has made five appearances for Panathinaikos, scoring just one goal and one assist in the process.

The youngster has also made an impression on the international scene, making 18 appearances for the Greek senior side, scoring two goals.

As a free agent, Ninis’ services are bound to attract a heap of summer attention but Martin O’Neill’s team could be just as busy in the summer window this year as they were in 2011 and an early approach for the Greek starlet may kickstart just that.

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