Bassong Signing In Process – Passes Medical, Agrees Terms

Newcastle United have reported, on their official web site, that the club has indeed agreed a fee with FC Metz for their promising French Under-21 defender Sebastien Bassong.


Sebastien Bassong – agreed fee, agreed terms and passed medical – great!

The 22-year-old French Under-21 International has also agreed personal terms and passed a medical with the Newcastle United club.

Newcastle United are now said to be in the process of completing the formalities of the transfer.

Bassong, meanwhile, has already traveled to Mallorca with the rest of the Newcastle squad, since he was earlier announced by Newcastle as being part of that squad, ahead of this weekend’s Summer Cup.

We would like to welcome Sebastien to the club, and certainly from the comments he has already made, he is delighted to be at Newcastle – and seems a really nice lad.

We think he’s going to do just great at the club – hope so anyway.   😀
Comments welcome.

180 comments so far

  • domtoon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Read somewhere Bassong said something along the lines of this wasn’t his dream move.


  • bob marley

    Jul 30, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #2

    excellent signing for only 1.5 mill now coloccini

  • ToonEskimo

    Jul 30, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Who needs Collocini?

  • Leo

    Jul 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    he is french dom toon dont take any offence by it

  • domtoon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #5

    lol true

  • Tom

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Lol, who cares if its not his dream move!? How many players who aren’t from the area dream of playing for Newcastle? From what he has said he wants to knuckle down, work hard and fight his way into the centre back positions! Good for him! Now lets get Collocini nailed down and start looking at the other positions; left back (shorey/warnock/insua) centre midfield (inler) and a target man (insert name here) 😀

  • simon winham

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #7

    great signing now for fabricio coloccini and then maybe another midfielder let’s say baptista

  • welshgeordie

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #8

    finally we have made our third signing lol i thought we was never gunna sign our third it was takin ages

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #9

    The 22-year-old French Under-21 International
    I know it’s legit but it doesn’t sound right does it?! haha. Good signing from what i’ve heard of him. Snap up Coloccini and we’ll have a very very good central defense next year.

  • dontoon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #10

    all we need is 2 defenders 1 creative mid and 1 striker and we have depth in our squad

  • gorskino10

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Good move. Insua has looked dodgy at left back on the game on now, please get sjekbred or inlar. Don’t
    You think that paul ince has sold bentley will he offer 9mill for milner which I want to happen we can get inlar plus skejibred or someone else for that money what would be great.Also dontoon has the right amount we need I would be fustrated if we don’t atleast get that many.

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #12

    domtoon – I prefer the honesty compared to the normal cliched soundbites. Quite refreshing and like Tom says his message was much more encouraging. Few others like Zogs could take heed. But time will tell if he’s just another one paying lipservice.

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #13

    dontoon – it’s quite simple when you say it like that. Pity we’re making such friggin hard work of it.

  • DanToon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #14

    ToonEskimo we need Coloccini…

  • Danish_Magpie

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15

    I think a young, athletic France U-21 international left-sided central defender who can cover at LB as well for 1.5m is another good piece of busines. No, it does not set the world alight, but I prefer spending money wisely than spending money for the sake of spending money. Let other fans brag about how much their club is spending. I wonder what Leeds fans think of the current Tottenham spending? Looks a lot like Elland Road did not too long ago..

  • bobby

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #16

    my mate who works at sj reckons collochini is staying at a hotel in newcastle tonight,lets hope hes not just here to go clubbing

  • Dev

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #17

    owen not going to spain, he’s only supposed to have a niggle. wtf?

  • domtoon

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #18

    What happened to football eh? What happened to young lads working their socks off to play for their local? I know we’ve got Taylor, but the old days are long gone and we are now stuck with Frenchies like him and Zog sulking it up with silly comments like that.

    I’m not living in a wonderland where all players coming to Newcastle should be dreaming of it, but dammit, he shouldn’t be saying we’re not his dream move, even if that is how he feels!

    I guess this is what happens when you get paid umpteen thousands per week. Just makes me a little sad that’s all :o(

    Hope he’s good for us though. For £1.5 million, it’s not a bad gamble (now when you reread that imagine a stack on £1.5 million in cold hard cash, it does make you realise how silly football has become – uber-competetive and no more ‘passion’??)

  • faustino

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #19

    As far as Im concerned this is, in a sense, Ramage’s replacement and now we need to replace Rozenhal with Coloccini or equivalent standard.

  • Tom

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Owen will be staying behind to work on his fitness, he has just gotten over mumps, if the stories are true!

    I’m surprised to see Martins going out though!

  • gorskino10

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #21

    bowburn we always make hard work of things that what we do. I feel N Zog or Milner will leave to free up some cash, we’ve missed out on colocini as he would sign by today for mallorca trip. I just know I’ll be watching sky sports news on transfer Market deadline day knowing we will make a panic buy.

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #22

    I just wonder why they’ve put this up on the website when it isn’t finalised..

  • Tom

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #23

    The only way they will sell the zog or milner is if we bring in another out and out winger, in my opinion! 🙂 He wants to keep them both if he can. We haven’t missed out of COllocini, it might just take a while for him to arrive. If he pulls a Webster, we may have to wait a fortnight, but I still feel there is a good chance we will sign him still!

    Jon, I think the reason its up is that its all but done. Medical, personal terms, fee, all agreed and passed, its just the trivial bits of paperwork etc to finish. It also probably saves them amending the article about the team flying out!!

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #24

    gorskino10 – yeah I’ve been saying the same myself. It reeks of familiarity, rush jobs at the last minute. I was optimistic those days were gone but two weeks on Sunday we face the current champions. Potentially without a strikeforce. Scary.

  • Spuggy

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Tom – Bassong is left footed and can cover left back too so that position is now sorted and we’ve added a bit more resiliance to CB position too. If we do sign Collocini that will be a quality CB in the bag and cover for RB too – ergo defense sorted!

    I think its an absolute certainty that we will sign a CM playmaker (we never really replaced Dyer and with Emre leaving etc.) , with a big striker DESIRABLE, but wouldn’t be the end of the world if we didn’t sign one this season with not being in Europe.

    I recon if Collocini is signed (everything crossed), KK will sign only one more player, being the creative CM.

    Guthrie is gonna be developed as a holding CM to replace/support Butt’s position and a few more of the promising young’uns brought on in 1st team cameo’s or loaned out (Edgar, Kadar, Tozer, Lua Lua etc). Think we’ll keep a hold of Carroll with our current CF line-up and potential injury problems.

    Owen, Viduka, Martins, Smith and Carroll is a long way from the worst strikeforce in the premiership, especially with a better defense and midfield behind them. I think a fit Viduka and Owen/Martins is in the top three best strikeforce partnerships in the premier league, probably just behind Torres/Keane and Rooney/Tevez, with Berbatov and Bent in forth.

  • Tom

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Am I the only person that hopes Zamblera gets a couple of goes this season? He looks like he could be a prospect, along with Kadar and Tozer!

    Also, has anything been mentioned about the couple of young kids we have had on trial? Nothing seems to have been said about them at all! Hope Aaron Spear officially signs on soon too!!

  • Oba's number one fan

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #27

    is oba’ in the squad for mallorca cup or is it a miss print on the official nufc site??
    if he is well done to him and hope hes back to his best,
    sure hell beleive she is watching him from above
    Oba Martins = Toon Ledgend allready

  • dcbashore

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Bassong said that it wasn’t a dream come true to him, but that he didn’t expect it to happen. I took that NUFC isn’t his personal dream club but realizes the honor of wearing the black and white. Nothing really distasteful about it IMHO.

  • toonarmy08

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #29

    is it right that oba has travelled with the squad ??if so cant believe the guy -legend .Really hope collocini arrives shortly ,also anyone notice kk on the phone at the airport ,hope it was collocini’s agent :)!!

  • Toonboy

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #30

    and he said “he’ll be happy to sit on the bench” thats what all toon fans want to hear lol,only joking another body in the club can only be good news,keep it up kk.

  • ca6sst

    Jul 30, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’ t think Newcastle can go wrong with this signing, seems to be modest enough to accept he may not always make it into the 1st team (unlike Taylor) and strong enough to tell Cacapa what to do (based on fans statements from the game)!

    All those going on about MO staying behind, he said on an NUFC TV interview that he was most likely to be involved in he PSV/Valencia games as he lost a lot of muscle when he had the mumps and he had problems in his past with weak muscles and he doesnt’t want to repeat them.

    Personally Toon fans are hard to please (i know i’ll get a lot of stick for that!) but it’s true, i had one mate tell me the toon were shit after i told him i renewed my season ticket and also there are alot that are used to the FFS period when we spent money on crap players! but regardless – i wouldn’t miss being able to go to the home games for anything!! hence my season ticket renewed and my optimisim is still there – i prefer a chairman who says nothing to FFS who just BS’d the toon fans for years!!

  • Matthew Tom

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #32


    I’d have put up with a few Frenchies like Robert Ginola, Distin and Saha if we’d had them longer.

  • John

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #33

    looks like deportivo have found there replacement for Coloccini..just a matter off time in my eyes before we get him

  • John

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #34
  • Matthew Tom

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #35

    I agree we should sign an attacking midfield player, but we do have good options there if we don’t. I like the idea of Milner there, N’Zogbia can develop there as well as the wing, and before either of them I’d put Barton in.

    He needs an attacking brief, and he was great for Man City in an attacking role only a year ago. He didn’t quite find his range last season but I reckon he will surprise a few people this year.

  • toon4lyf

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #36

    get collicini and maniche/palomba

  • toon4lyf

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #37

    butt beter not start

  • JC

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #38

    In-Arshavin, Coloccini, Warnock, Cardozo, Burdisso-£40-55m
    Out-Duff,Ameobi, Cacapa,Smith,Gemeri-£20m

    That would be my ideal signings but we would be lucky to get any of them!!

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #39

    No way will ashley pay 11million for 1 player, even though Coloccini is class. Now is the time to pay the player 5million euro and get him to buy out his contract.

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #40

    JC – don’t you think we’d also be extremely lucky to get half of that for the rabble you mentioned?

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