Going for considerably more than a Bassong?

Posted on August 6th, 2009 | 3 Comments |

Bassong: Finalising 'Spurs deal.
Bassong: Finalising 'Spurs deal.
Newcastle United centre-back, Sebastien Bassong, has been in North London having a medical for Tottenham Hotspur, as the final parts of a deal which has been mooted for some time are thrashed out. The fee is thought to be around £8-10 million, though Bassong was signed by Newcastle’s then Director of Football, Dennis Wise, for a mere £500,000 a year ago.

Despite his meagre pricetag, Bassong was voted Newcastle United’s ‘Player of the Year’ last season, though the field was hardly strong in what was a very disappointing season for the Toon to say the least.

Bassong, 23, has stated that he has “no choice” but to leave Toon, as he strives for Premiership football and a permanent place in the Cameroon first team.

Speaking on his time at Newcastle, he said:

“Playing for Newcastle was a real honour in front of the supporters at St James’s Park.

“It has been an unbelievable experience for me.

“But I have always said that I wanted to play in the Premier League and that wasn’t possible with Newcastle.

“It was not good for my career to be at a Championship club. I want to play in future World Cups and African Cup of Nations competitions with Cameroon.

“That is made more difficult if you are not playing at the higher level.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp has also spoke of the deal, admitting that talks are in progress:

“The chairman (Daniel Levy) is talking. I don’t get involved on that side of it. I identify a player and the chairman does everything else.”

Redknapp and Levy are obviously not superstitious men, as Bassong has now been relegated from the top tier twice in a row, firstly for Metz in France’s ‘Ligue 1’ and then Newcastle last season.

Whichever team he is playing for, Bassong will miss the next two games of next season, due to a red card suspension picked up in Newcastle’s Premiership game against Fulham.

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3 Responses

  1. “though Bassong was signed by Newcastle’s then Director of Football, Dennis Wise, for a mere £500,000 a year ago.”


  2. Shame really. Bassong is one I’d have liked us to hang on to, as is Beye.

    I don’t blame him for going though.