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Agent reveals Sunderland had Kessie deal denied by work permit problems

The agent of Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie has revealed he was close to joining Sunderland.

The Ivorian, however, failed UK work permit criteria.

When asked about Sunderland's interest, Kessie's agent George Atangana said: "I can confirm now, it was all done, but the transfer was not possible for a regulation of the Premier League.

"He does not meet the 75 per cent attendance for the national team for a single appearance.

"He has made four and would need five to be welcomed in the Premier League."

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