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Stephane Sessegnon closer to Albion exit

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West Brom winger Stephane Sessegnon looks like he has edged closer to an exit – after it emerged he paid nearly £400 for a taxi to take him home from Newcastle.

The 30-year-old's omission from the squad for the 1-1 draw at St James' Park nine days ago sparked a walkout from the ground by the former Sunderland player before the game.

Bizarrely he hailed a taxi outside the stadium back to the West Midlands, where he was forced to fork out the £380 fare for the 218-mile journey.

Sessegnon, who has a year left on his contract, has scored six goals in 54 league games for the Baggies since his one-time club record £6million arrival from Sunderland in August 2013.

But he has only started five of the 18 league games since Pulis was appointed in January, coming on as a substitute four more times.

And his decision to leave the squad would not have gone down well with the Hawthorns chief.

With Pulis seeking to strengthen the wide areas with pace and power this summer, plus Callum McManaman emerging as a long-term wide option, the writing could be on the wall for the Benin international.

Publicly, Pulis has backed Sessegnon as a player he needs to keep for his ability to win matches.

Sessegnon started just two of Pulis's first six Premier League games in charge, after he opted for Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye in attack.

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January signing McManaman has also emerged as a first-choice winger when he has been fit.

Pulis said back in February: "'Sess is the type of player every club needs whether you start with him or bring him off the bench.

"He can do stuff that can win games. We've chopped and changed and moved things around, but he's got the talent to change games and you always need that."

Sessegnon arrived on the same day as £5million Victor Anichebe, but his days now look to be numbered.

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