The Metz football club, on their official site, are announcing this evening, that their defender, Sebastien Bassong is joining Newcastle United.
Seb Bassong – Matz is reporting he is joining Newcastle United
This is what is on the Metz web site tonight, changed somewhat to better English, from their translation:
Football Club of Metz and Newcastle United forged a financial agreement today, concerning the international defender Sebastien Bassong.
He will very soon sign a contract with the English club, which he trained with throughout last week.
A Metz youth product, Sebastien Bassong carried the garnet-red shirt for 87 appearances.
This is not official, and Metz are probably jumping the gun a little, but it’s not too surprising that Kevin Keegan wants to sign the youngster, and for a reported Â£1.5M, it will certainly be a low risk deal for the Tyneside club.
There’s plenty of upside for the club with this lad, who will only get better, and that will give our own Charles N’Zogbia somebody to travel with to the French Under-21 games – that’s got to also be a plus.Â :D.
Any signing is only official when reported on the Newcastle United web site – at www.nufc.co.uk , but we feel this is good news for Newcastle, and must be great news for young Sebastian.
Everton were also interested in the player, but it was Newcastle who moved to grab the youngster.
Here’s a description of Bassong, who stands just over 6’1″ tall, and only this month (July 9th) turned 22.
Sebastien Bassong is a left-footed center back but who can also play on the left side of defence at left back. He plays at center back for the French under 21 national team.
He has been likened to the Nigeria and Everton center back, Joseph Yobo, with both players being good on the ball, good passers and have good aerial prowess.
Bassong is a real athlete on the pitch and is also very fast.
We also reported on Sunday that 15 year-old Aaron Spear – the new Wayne Rooney – will also sign for the club this week, after Newcastle had raised their offer for the player to Â£250K, from their initial offer of Â£150K, which his club Plymouth Argyle accepted.
So that should be two youngsters signing this week.
Now to get Fabricio Coloccini this week too!