Metz Report Bassong Joining Newcastle United

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 £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.  :D.

Any signing is only official when reported on the Newcastle United web site – at , 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 £250K, from their initial offer of £150K, which his club Plymouth Argyle accepted.

So that should be two youngsters signing this week.

Now to get Fabricio Coloccini this week too!

Comments welcome.

365 comments so far

  • Whitters

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Wehey! Thats so close to actually being official…

  • Chris H

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, looks like he should be wrapped up pretty soon.

  • kierran

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #3

    great stuff. this guy is a solid defender and will be a good squad player next year and probably a long term first teamer in the years to come. made cacapa look very ordinary against rovers (even though he kind of is). Nice one Kev!

  • Spyro

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #4

    please replace taylor

  • Spyro

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #5

    if your good bassong, please replace taylor, PLEASE!

  • Toon1978

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #6

    What about Coliccini anymore news?

  • harrier

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Not yet Toon1987

    Edit: That said – various press in spain reporting about Coloccini not being present as he is figuring his deal to Newcastle – as well as Deportivo starting to look at replacements

  • HKtoonfan

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I would love to see another Sebastien (Larsson) moves to Newcastle as well.

  • Mac

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I am now convinced more than ever that we are not signing Coliccini. Don’t know what,i just am.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Just got in from work Harrier so aint heard much. Was hoping it would of been signed sealed and delivered by now.

  • Davies

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #11


    Has anybody seen the Yahoo homepage?

    Paul Parker has decided to stick his oar in on the Barton issue. Every man and his dog has an opinion. People are w@nkers man. I know we all disagree on the Barton issue, but this is just another fine example NUFC bashing.

    Paul Parker has my contempt. He’s as good a sports journalist as he is a footballer. Get on there and give him some stick!

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Very good move. Never seen him play, but Kevin obviously had a lock at him and liked what we saw and for 1.5 million we can’t really go worng because im sure we would be able to sell him back to france for around that it he fails to perform.

    With him covering left back and centre back, and collocinni (hopefully) at centre back and covering Beye our defence will be sorted. altough Warnock wudnt be bad along side them either.

    Contrast to the last French Defender we signed, who was overpriced and who we obviusly didn’t have a good look at.

  • harrier

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #13

    If reports are to be true then one of three things must happen before that:

    1. Deportivo drop their valuation and accept our offer
    2. We up our valuation and meet their demands
    3. Coloccini files for an Article 17 from FIFA

    If 3 happens than he is as good as ours despite the 14 days notice, since we will have to pay him the fee to buyout his contract

  • Toon1978

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Why is it we are finding it difficult to sign players there always seem to be complications of late.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Harrier – number 3 isn’t what we should want to happen. I’ve seen to much this transfer window. If he uses Article 17 then he becomes a free agent. Who’s to say that some other team (spurs) may jump in and take him from under our noses. Hopefully he sees how much effort toon are making to sign him.

  • Michael

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    I can’t imagine Metz would lie on their official website about agreeing a fee, that would be a rather bizarre thing to do.

    Wikipedia have certainly jumped the gun by saying he’s already a Newcastle player.

  • harrier

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Because for #3 to take place somebody has to payoff his contract, since we would be the ones paying, we would make him sign a contract to sign a contract 🙂

  • Toon1978

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Deortivo president wants shot for his greed.

  • harrier

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Go and do it Toon1978 – take one for the team! 😉 – 😉 (I am joking to the PC ****ers out there)

  • tony

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #20

    depor will drop there price proberbly by 500 grand which is half if they dont they will lose alot of money if coleccini uses article 17

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon1978 – Colocinni using Article 17 would be great, teach the greedy %*$*% a lesson.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #22

    What i have read says that the Deportivo president accepted our offer but then changed his mind at the last minute. There needs to be a rule to stop that from happening.

  • Spyro

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    the depor president is trying to see how much he can squeeze out of us

    its like a playground transaction.

    1 “ill sell it to ya for a fiver”

    2 “yeah ok then”

    1 “..ermmm…actually 6quid”

    2 “hmmmm…well i guess thats still ok”

    1 “err…errr…actually, what i meant to say is 6.50” etc

    where is this guys professionalism!? I say do a webster and teach the idiot a lesson

  • valle

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyhow… you gotta take your hat off for Coloccini, the guy is being fair to the club he has served under for years and only uses the webster as a last resort… To bad his club president is such a greedy vulture

  • Danny G

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Good move by Newcastle this one….

    – He went to Clairefontaine

    – Only 22

    – Has already played 70 times in France so is very experienced for his age.

    – At a fee of 1.5 million

    – We have had him on trial so we know what we are getting

    There is nothing but good business here…Could be a very very shrewd move by Newcastle and the fact that Moyes was after him shows that he thought he was good enough for a team in the top 5 and in the Uefa Cup.

    Well happy! Now lets get Coloccini and Inler!

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Playground transaction haha

    And basically the toon would pay the money for him to buy out the rest of his contract so he would have to honour that.

  • oga

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Good news if he’s like Yobo. Sounds like a defender who uses his brain, but has enough pace to recover if he makes mistakes.

    Geremi, Taylor and Bassong (maybe Taylor) should be sufficient back up for the defence next season.

  • the black magpie

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #28
  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Like that sound of this lad and he came here with one intention to play his socks off and impress Keegan..low risk worth a punt.

    Now nail our man from deportivo please.

  • toonoholic

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #30

    anyone hear about villas bid for ruben de la red ?

  • normski1930z

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    anyone hear about villas bid for ruben de la red ?
    when did that happen then kid?????

  • toonoholic

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #32

    skysports report villa bid 9.5 mn for him . if its true , i feel gutted .

  • Alex

    Jul 29, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Brilliant news sounds an exciting prospect . All the attributes required to be a top defender . Strength , pace and skillful with the ball.

  • Hadji

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #34

    We have a saying in my country which reffers to Deportivo’s president.
    I’ll try to put it in the nicest way cause its little bit naughty.
    Do the webster and teach him a lesson and make him pay for Coloccini and Luque at the same time.If we can get this on the Webster rule,then we’ll recuperate 60% of the Luque transfer fee aswell.

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #35

    I wonder how many more deals are being thrashed out behind closed doors…!

    It’s been claimed FC been going at full pace for almost two months.

  • Ross G

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Mumurs in Newcastle are suggesting we will have Bassong, Coloccini and Warnock completed by the weekend. With Bassong, and Collocini likely to feature in the up coming Mallorca tournement. Also we are apparently being backed to make another Central Midield Signing in the same role to that of Aimar. The player mentioned being Ruben de la Red o Real Madrid who impressed on loan last season and would cost around £7m. Kim Kallstrom has also been mooted after scouts watched him last season.

  • Leo

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #37

    i actually think we will not get coloccini if im honest, not because we are getting bassong but i read a quote someone put up earlier on another thread and it just screems of please depor increase my wage and i iwll stay.

    obviously i hope im wrong.

    bassong looks a top prospect from what we all have heard

  • normski1930z

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #38

    ross where you getting that info from like kid????

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #39

    What is the need for Bassong if we are getting Coloccini?

    I’d love Kallstrom here if he can get back to his Rennes form because at Lyon they stifle him from attacking and play him in more defensive roles.

  • harrier

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Kallstrom would be a fun signing – he once knocked somebody unconscious while shooting haha

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