Bassong On Tyneside For Week’s Trial


Sebastien Bassong has confirmed, as we reported last Friday, that he is joining Newcastle United for a week’s trial.

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Sebastien Bassong – will be in on one week’s trial at Newcastle this week

The 6′ 2″ Metz defender will leave the Ligue 1 club’s pre-season training camp to link up with Newcastle United for the coming week.

Although Everton have also been linked with the 22-year-old, he is penciled in to work with Newcastle next week, and because he is willing to come to Newcastle for a week’s trial, we have to believe that if he impresses he will be willing to join the Tyneside club.

Bassong said yesterday:

“It’s a very good thing for me,”  “Newcastle are not nothing.”

“I will give everything and we will see how my situation is later.”

It’s nice to know we’re not nothing, but that’s hardly a compliment is it?   😀

The Metz defender turned down a move to Dynamo Bucharest recently, and he has just a year left on his contract, and if Newcastle are impressed by what they see, the club could probably get a decent deal for the player, who has already played over 75 times for Metz.

The youngster has been linked with Everton, Blackburn and Aston Villa previously, but it looks like Newcastle may now be in the driver’s seat for the defender.

He is a French Under-21 International and Everton were said just last week, to be trying to strike a deal of £2M for the player, since Metz may lose him for nothing next summer.

Bassong stands just under 6’2″ tall, was born in Paris, and is of French-Cameroon descent.

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72 comments so far

  • CRAIGG

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Never seen him or heard of him but Everton are usually good at making shrewd transfers like Lescott, Jagielka, Arteta and Cahill

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    hmmm, i wonder what sort of defender he is, technical or no nonsense?

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  • NUFCAl

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Spyro – Judging by his gloves, I’d say technical, or as it’s otherwise known, ‘gay’.

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  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    He would probly be like Nemanja Vidic! If he is then I’ll be over the moon!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Yahya Ahmed, a CB like Evra would be horrific! lol

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    What ever happened to the good old English defender…? Continental defenders make me nervous.!! I would go as far to say I would rather AF sign for the club – That’s just me though.

    Is there any news on the Emre situation?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    having trials with NUFC, If he was any good he would have been snapped up by now? its obvious that for some reason or another he hasn’t!?

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    i see your in a calmer mood today HPS, lol

    you have a point i suppose, maybe the scouts rate him but KK wants to see him for himself?

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  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I would think his quote may have lost something in translation and a little out of context. If not then his enthusiasm is underwhelming.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #10

    So I guess we are something

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I doubt he spoke in English if he has played in France all his career so im guessing he might have meant something different lost in translation in regard to “They are not nothing” comment.

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  • Martin

    Jul 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Fair enough, this seems to fit with our ‘sensible’ signing policy – we’re not just diving in and throwing money at him, if Kev reckons he’s good enough then he’ll get the contract and I’ll be happy – if not we’ll have saved blowing 2m on another french flop!

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Has anybody ever seen him play?

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    nope

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Spyro what’s your comment about a CB like Evra being horrible about? Or did he edit his post after you pointed it out? lol

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Someone must have seen him play? Where’s Tom_Toon when you need someone who’s a footballholic?

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  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Kash2,ive seen him play,not a bad player,sort of the Abdoulaye Faye mold!!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Kash, tom toon aint seen him either

    Ben, i think Yahya edited it after, he must have mixed vidic and evra up, not sure

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #19

    I haven’t seen him play but he seems versatile from some other post said he could play LB and CB. We need a LB so if he is good sign him up. From the other teams mentioned (if its anything to go by) it looks a good signing if we do get him. Everton, Villa and Blackburn all aiming for Europe so if its true they see something there aswell.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #20

    @Wes : I’m not Faye’s biggest fan really, so you haven’t sold him to me!

    I was hoping we may go for a quick CB!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #21

    i hope he is a LB/CB as this will almost guarantee his technical ability, and we NEED a technical CB now Rozehnal is gone, Cacapa is not technical enough for me

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Kompany is the new Albert. Attacking CB. And he is from Belgium too. People say he is out of our league we won’t know until we make a bid. 😉

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Has anybody seen Petri Passanen play regularly for Werder? I know Werder are in the CL, but have heard good things about him!

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  • laurent32

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #24

    does anyone think we are going ott with the youth policy. its all good and well trying to invest for the future but at the moment we have young cb’s in taylor edgar and kadar, the last 2 who are going to be wanting first team action in the next season or so. getting in another is just going to limit the opportunities and hinder their progress. i would agree if it was for other positions but i think for cb we just need someone experienced and proven top quality, about 26-28 and in their prime who can help these youngsters progress.

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  • Geordie1607

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #25
  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Whens KK gonna start talking to the press again?

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  • Darryl

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #27

    so he is left footed. atleast something good come from that, otherwise embaressing miss.

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique… ?

    He could possibly play left back.

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  • Matt

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s a no lose situation for the club.

    If he’s good we sign him but if he’s not up to standard then we send him back and it’s cost us nothing.

    Edgar isn’t good enough and the likes of Tozer and Kadar are likely to be sent out on loan next season.

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  • clinta

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Sounds a promising prospect, another player of good age and value if he’s any good and with us giving him a trial first, we can have a proper lok and decide.

    all in all i think things aren’t looking so bad with the way our current transfers are coming along, but i guess most still wouldn’t agree.

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Well, If he’s willing to come for a trial … at leat that shows A) he has confidence in his ability and B) he is NOT egotistical!

    This trial period has gone a long way in restoring my faith in the beautiful game … the game which has been kidnapped by pre madonna’s … or is that SLAVES? lol

    This is a win win situation for all concearned.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    KK said a couple of weeks to talk to the press and that will take us to the match on Saturday against ‘pool.

    I’d expect any potential signings to be completed this week if thats the case. Fingers crossed.

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  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #32

    @ Kash2,totally agree with u there,but if its a CB with pace needed,look no further than a certain,Mr J.Evans!!! What a player he is gonna be!! What you think bout him??

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Evans sounds good imo too.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    @WesToon: Only seen him play for the Mackems a couple of times really. I thought he was OK, but his pace didn’t really stand out!

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  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #35

    I still feel that KK rates Cacapa highly, and expect to see Cacapa playing regularly next season at CB.

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  • Leo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #36

    you have to remember his english may not be very good therefore what he said RE they are not nothing etc… will be because of broken english. glad we are takin him on trial it just shows he is willing to prove himself

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  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Cacapa is our only defender that is very adept at reading the game, i rate him very highly, you dont earn what he has earned by being crap. If he adjusts to the physical side of the prem he will be an immense CB next season

    J Evans would be another good signing, but how much would he cost? any more than 5million and i doubt we will go after him

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  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m all for our youth policy but I do want to see some more 24,25,26 year old players to come in aswell just to show we are serious about this season!!

    Can anyone tell me a comparasson to Kadar!! I’ve never seen him play but alot of you speak very highly of him!!

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  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #39

    No! I accidently put Evra’s name down because I was thinking about Vidic Evra and thier partnership and they are both defenders!

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  • Fernando

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Another potential quality signing.

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