There’s a report in the Shields Gazette today that Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has identified Newcastle United’s Sebastien Bassong as a top transfer target.
Sebastien Bassong – Newcastle’s Player Of The Season
The 22-year-old 6ft 2in defender, who we expect to become a Cameroon International today, impressed in his first spell in English football. He was easily voted The Newcastle United Blog Player the Season with 68% of the vote and second placed Steven Taylor got just 14% in second place.
The former Metz star is ambitious, and is hardly willing to stay at Newcastle, who will be in the Championship next season, but Newcastle fans are still hoping that could be possible with Alan Shearer as manager.
We think that will be a priority item for Newcastle once Shearer is installed as manager, to give him a good wage offer, and try to get him to stay on Tyneside – hopefully for just one season in the Championship, but there would be no guarantees with that.
Arsenal and other top clubs are also tracking the former France Under-21 international, and we are sure we haven’t heard the last of Bassong potentially leaving the club this summer.
Of course if he went to Sunderland, even if they coughed up the £15M, that would be a big kick up the behind to both Newcastle fans and the club, that our best player would go to our local rivals.
But that’s what happens when you play pathetic football with no heart and end up in England’s second division.
And another target that Sunderland may pip us to, is Rosenborg’s Per Ciljan Skjelbred, who we almost signed on the last day ofl;ast summer’s transfer window.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been a Newcastle fan since childhood, and may still arrive at Newcastle, but whether we can afford the £5M price tag is debatable.
If we are bought by rich owners, that could be possible, but whether this bright young star wants to join a second division club is also a big question. If Shearer is manager we can see the boy still wanting to come to Tyneside.
But back to the main story – Bassong potentially joining Sunderland will give quite a few Newcastle fans nightmares in the coming weeks.
How could a Geordie manager do that to us? 🙁