Bassong Confident Of Newcastle Move


22 year-old Metz defender Sebastien Bassong seems confident of winning a contract at Newcastle United.

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Sebastien Bassong – seems confident of joining Newcastle United

Seb talked to Setanta Sports today:

“Yes, I’m optimistic,” . “I spoke with Kevin Keegan, who told me he’s happy with me. That’s a great feeling.”

“I don’t know if I’ll be transferred, my agent is aware of it, nevertheless this spell has been fulfilling.”

“I discovered a new culture, a different football, and such experiences always help you grow. I don’t know what’s next, we’ll have to wait and see.”

“The French-speaking and all the squad’s players helped me settle and feel comfortable.”

“It was all about English football, but I didn’t see any dodgy challenges to test me; I like this style of football, it suits me.”

“I spoke with the coach [Yvon Pouliquen] on the phone; he asked me how the trial was, nothing more.”

“I believe if Newcastle want me and if they reach an agreement with Metz, I will be allowed to move there.”

Good words from Seb, and it looks like the lad is ready for the challenge at Newcastle, and that’s good to hear.

We’d be surprised if Kevin doesn’t take up the option of signing the youngster, hopefully within the next couple of days, and then he could play in the upcoming tournament in Mallorca.

Comments welcome.



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130 comments so far

  • Whitters

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Offers something a bit different – get him on board! We are v bare at the back!

    Also sounds like a canny lad. Hopefully he will take up the mighty number 46 shirt!

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Poss – Would make a good squad player if nothing else!

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  • Ericles

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope he does sign because he looks a good prospect. A bargain at 1.5m especially as, according to Sky Sports online, Colocini says he
    is staying at Deportivo and had no intention of coming to NUFC. Looks like we are back to the Gorshkov Principle. Gorshkov was a Russian admiral who said that when the balloon goes up you go with what you have got because there’s no time to call for reinforcements. I think that the Baptista gossip is another wind-up too. Where is Wise’s office? Is it a barrow in the Kings Road, Chelsea?

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  • 51times

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Ericles – Damnit, AGAIN, that was last night.

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  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    He seems more optamistic about a move than before, a good sign

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  • Teddy

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    the fact that hes french, is a cb and name is simular to boumsong puts me off. but i do think he will do alright in the future.

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  • CDN MAGPIE

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    im just wondering that if hes any good wouldn’t Wenger have him by now?

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  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    No harm at this price. Doesn’t sound like an arrogant kid either.

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  • Matt

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Sign him and get rid of Edgar.

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  • CDN MAGPIE

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Matt why do you hate edgar?

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  • bennit3b

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Looks like we have signed Coloccini

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabricio_Coloccini

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  • bennit3b

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks like we have signed Coloccini

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  • TooooooN

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    sign him…sign anyone pleaze

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  • Mark

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    @ bennit3b

    Why do you say that whats your source?

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  • Toon raghav

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah very nice, we have already bought one player who is not even registered till now,bought a crap frm liverpool & now another blow would be signing him.he was absoulute crap in da game he played.Another bramble in the making.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah That Collocini sounds like another Aimar,
    unlikely he will sign..NEXT !

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Black and white Blood:
    How old is he?

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  • bennit3b

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Wikipedia, before you say people just edit it its actually in his teams down the right handside which not everyone can edit, it happened with enrique before we got him and other source knew

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabricio_Coloccini

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  • Toony Montana

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Come on Bennit – Source please.

    Bassong is 22.

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  • bennit3b

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Wikipedia, before you say people can just edit it, it in his teams down the right handside that not everyone can edit. It happened when we got enrique, it was there before any other sources said it

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  • Irish_toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    toon raghav,
    all the reports from the match apart from u said he was very solid looking at the back.

    It’s not newcastles fault that mallorca are being alkward with the gutirrez signing

    and in the two matches guthre played in he has a goal an assist and his passing is probably around 90% i’d say.

    a bit of optamism wud do u no harm man!! Support ur club, i can’t see how u can say u support a club with talk like that

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  • Savic Vladimir

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #22

    46 … like Valentino Rossi 😉

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  • Obafan

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #23

    For £1.5m we should go for him. He looks a good kid and I think he can grow in English football. It is not because he is French that he is the next Boumsong, ffs what stupid thoughts are that.

    Every Portugese player is not like Viana who will not succeed in EPL (Ronaldo, Nani, …) and so on. So stop making comments who comparing players because of their name, origine or club from which they come.

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  • furrygiblets

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Wikipedia 😀 😀 😀

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  • Leo

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #25

    bassong seems like a top prospect and also looks like he will be able to get a place in the squad relatively quickly. although that depends on signings

    he seems to be able to speak english well so thats a bonus too

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  • bowburnmag

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Why wouldn’t you feel confident if you turned up and played alongside Cacapa? He’ll hardly have looked and thought there was competition for places. Reports are good and lord knows we could do with the numbers.

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  • PapaToon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Definatley should buy him as he is not a big risk for 1.5 mil. Low transfer fee, probably low wages, no inflated ego and best years ahead of him.
    Wikipedia says Hes a Metz man so whoever said the deal was done is wrong.

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  • Kaler

    Jul 28, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Promised myself I wouldnt get caught up in the Coloccini business until it was official, but I can’t help it, please just anounce it!

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  • Leo

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #29

    just seen a picture of joey barton on ssn he has longer hair looks like a bit of a beatles style bonnet

    maybe he is going to grow it and get a perm haha

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  • Toon raghav

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #30

    all the events which have been occurning till now has made me frustated.support & love for our club will always be their regardless of our position but its just disappointment thats taking allover us.I just hate MA ,he is showing no ambition at all n all he wants is to stay in the premireship n i want to see the us in top 6 which doesnt seems to be happening.

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  • Irish_toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #31

    point taken bit still u don’t have to turn all the positives into bad points. stay positive

    H’way the lads!!

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  • OLIVER

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Another cracking signing!

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  • cam_toon

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Ericles man.. If a player says he ants to leave his club he will loose out on 10% of the fee.

    If the player says he is stayin… he is prob on his way out.

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  • furrygiblets

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #34

    TBH if we do have any signing up our sleeve it would be a great day to announce it what with this Joey Barton debacle.

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  • joel

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #35

    come on newcastle

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  • joel

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #36

    just heard this off euro sport!

    Premier League – Transfer Talk: Full-back option

    Much of today’s transfer tittle-tattle revolves around the oft-disregarded full-back position, with Newcastle leading the race for Deportivo defender Fabricio Coloccini as Dennis Wise’s “crack” transfer unit finally creaks into action.

    Both hand-tied boss Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle faithful have been left frustrated by the lack of activity in the transfer market from the team headed by Wise and featuring Toon owner Mike Ashley’s pal Tony Jimenez.

    Newcastle are short on numbers and quality in their injury (and prison)-prone squad. They are particularly light in the full-back positions, but so far they have only signed Liverpool youngster Danny Guthrie and Mallorca winger Jonas Gutierrez – and even that move is subject to approval as the Argentinian tries to buy out his contract with the Spanish side.

    Madrid rag AS reported the agent of Keegan-haired stopper Coloccini – who plays either at right- or centre-back – as saying that “the only offer I have is from Newcastle, and Deportivo have been made aware of it”.

    Toon are looking to spend £8 million on the former Milan player although Depor want around £11m.

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  • Ericles

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Thanks Cam-Toon – I did not know that.

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  • Mad_Magpie

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Latest on Coloccini – our bid was rejected
    http://www.deportivo-la-coruna.com/news.php

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  • greg

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Christ – even Fulham are flinging £12m at Andy Johnson.

    If even they’re spending that kind of money (in addition to the other £10m or so) where the hell are we going to be come May?

    Three £5m players and a solid £8m player would be great. £23m, that’s all that Roy Keane wanted to give Spurs for a bunch of flabby arsed slack.

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  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 28, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Cheers for that Mad

    Lets hope it can get resolved, because clearly player and agent aren’t happy, and I can’t see him staying there now, so hopefully a move will still take place.. But who knows, nothings ever straight forward for us Mags is it?

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