Sebastien Bassong Ready To Leave Newcastle


Sky Sports is reporting today that Sebastien Bassong is already in talks with two Premier League clubs, and seems determined to leave Tyneside in the summer.

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Seb Bassong – on his way out of Tyneside

It would be ironic if the first player we lose in the summer is Sebastien – who was easily our best player last season, after being signed for just £500K from Metz last August – what a deal!

The Frenchman, who could get his first cap for Cameroon on Saturday in the World Cup qualifiers, when his country play shock pacesetters Gabon away, is not one of the 9 priority players Newcastle have listed for transfer.

But with no manager at the club, Newcastle seem to have completely lost any chance they had to keep Bassong on Tyneside.

That’s only one of the many negative consequences we will see from their being nobody in the lead at the club, since we were relegated over three weeks ago.

The 6′ 2′ commanding center-half has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, while Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham are also believed to be keen. If  Bassong goes, and it’s probably right that he does if he doesn’t want to stay and help Newcastle back to the Premier League, the club must ensure they get a good price for him – with £12M being initially touted as the price.

If he leaves we should at least get some good money for him in return, to soften the blow of losing such a great young player.

Bassong has admitted that discussions have been started with a couple of clubs in the Premier League as he told Aujourd’hui Sport today:

“I have started to negotiate with two English clubs,”

One of those is almost certain to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger usually bids only reasonable and common sense fees for players.  And that’s why we have to hope that Manchester City are in there too – because they often bid outlandish fees for players they want, which will now be good for Newcastle.

Web look forward to City bidding an outlandish high price for a younsgter who is undoubtedly pure class. 😀

Bassong is fully in his rights to negotiate openly in the transfer market, because Ashley has put every single player in the first team squad up for sale. We have to hope that Manchester City are keen on the lad and will bid a high amount – like £15M – to get the youngster, who is going to be a great player in the future. He’s already more than decent right now.

And we’re sure Shay Given will be telling Mark Hughes just how good this lad is, and Newcastle fans already know how good he is and he also had a fantastic temperament. Seb is seemingly too good now for the Tyneside club in the Championship.

Newcastle could bring in at least four new players with the fee we could receive for Bassong, and that’s the bright side of this transaction, from a Newcastle fans’ viewpoint.

We bear no ill feeling towards young Bassong – he played magnificently for the team last season, and was easily Player Of The Season last year, and the lad did his utmost to save the club.

He is ambitious and with being relegated last season Newcastle can hardly expect to keep their best players, after all. If we had stayed up Seb would have signed a nice new 5 year contract at Newcastle – so that’s only one of many losses we will suffer because of  relegation.

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80 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    typical french

    back off when the going gets tough

    see ya bassong

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  • WELSHMAG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know why we only signed him on a two year deal, if it was anyone else we would have given him 80K a week on a 5year deal even th0ugh they were 28 at the time. Yet we get this player in who only wants 5k a week and we give him a two year deal?! Sick Sick Sick of this club.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Knowing the bunch of ar$es we got running the club they will sell on credit like Milner and Given. I would be sorry to see him go but you cant control what you have no control of!

    Speaking of which we should get some money in for them this month.

    Another topic – Xisco and England U21’s tonight on SKy Sports. He was a sub in the last match and touched the ball once I think. Irony – he scores against England – if he gets picked in starting line up that is.

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  • RyanToon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning TG

    yep ill be watching england tonite, i saw xisco play the other nite aswell, wat a star lol. hope he has good tournament so his price goes up 😉

    but how can he be in the squad of the european champions?? u21s mind

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Ryantoon – he probably showed some good work in training! Hence the call up.

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    realistically we will get between 5-10 mill for him. great player but need the money at the moment. good bit of business

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Vivadavidkelly – think youve hit the nail on the head with that. If someone comes in with a high offer they will snap it up – problem is they probably will start low being we were relegated.

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    normal practice from a club with little leverage ie us at present would be that we will slapa 15mill price tag on in the hope that we might get close to 10 but in reality it will be around 8 or so as the player wants to leave and we need cash. very similar to the given deal really

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    tg

    yeah also they will probz accept low aswell

    remember the given deal when we sold the prems best keeper with 5 years left in him for 5 mil?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Beye – aye flogged on instalements too!

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  • Partizan

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    I wont get excited even if sell this lad for 20 mill cos that money is going to Ashley’s pockets and we all know he wont spend a penny till he sells the club.

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  • JAM

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    We should get skjelbred he’s a creative midfielder which is what we need, his wages r very managable, he is young cheap and wants to come to the club so he will actually care if we won r lose which will be a nice change from our players!!!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Have we still got Noacho on loan or have we sent sicknote packing with a letter from the doctors?

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  • stk85

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    if this guy goes we will have lost our best defender since woodgate. simple as.
    and we would’ve lost him because of ashleys pure incompetence to appoint a manager so shearer could at least try to convince him to stay for the good of the club.
    im am sick to death of this club being run by complete a-holes. and thats why fat fred should never be let near the club again. yet another acciudent surely waiting to happen.
    bassong should be applauded for his efforts last year, yet you can’t help but feel if ashley had the balls to appoint shearer as interim without leaving us adrift and rudderless, we could be building a very very good team round this guy for the next 5-6 years.

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  • ginkoh

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Goodbye Bassgo.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #16

    stk85

    you cant expect ashley to appoint shearer as manager when he wont be owning the club

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    stk85 – pretty much took the words out of my mouth about Bassong.

    You can’t blame the lad for leaving. He’s the classiest centre back we’ve had since Johnny Woodgate and it’s tragic that he’s leaving but he has to move on to pastures new. I wouldn’t expect a player of his calibre to play in the Championship for any period of time.

    As long as he doesn’t sign for the Mackems!

    What I would want is for Newcastle to make sure we get £9,000,000+ at least. He’s under contract so we can set the price as high as we like.

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Isnt he still under contract. We should dig our heels in and say your not going anywhere like Fergie does. Then if a club offers £15M (won’t be Arsenal) take the money and reinvest.

    Its called good business. Something Ashley and FFS could do with a lesson in.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    I dont think he will go to Arsenal – they are linked with an AJAX defender who is due to do medical – but you never know.

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    I just heard the news and quickly logged on to see you already have a thread on bassong. He has signed for arsenal is the big story doing the rounds down here.

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    reetpetite

    He is still under contract. I doubt he will be going to Arsenal because he is on small wages and a player we want to keep. So there no way he will be leaving this summer for less than about £10M considering what a player of his quality commands these days.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Reetpetite – you got a source you can link to that or is it just word of mouth passed around.

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    bet you any money it is under 7 mill

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    TG- word of mouth although this just popped up on a spurs site.

    Alex in a thread on Bassong….

    “my mates renting out a room to a nanny

    she was told she will be working for bassong as hes joining a london club

    she works mainly for **** players.”

    I’ve edited the C word out which is our swear filter filtering out the word Arsenal.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #25

    reetpetite

    you have been mostly accurate with youre

    transfer goss in the past

    but i thought arsenal were signing an ajax cb

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    beythegreat- these are just rumours doing the rounds down here mate. i dont know if its true.

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #27

    ”A fee of £11 million has been mooted as persuading Ajax to part with their defensive talent, who scored four goals in 31 league appearances last season as the Amsterdam outfit finished third in the Dutch Eredivisie.”

    Looks like Bassong wont be going to Arsenal then. Mabey Wenger paniced but I was sure he would hold out for Bassong, who is younger, better, french(Cameroon) and would be perfect at Arsenal. £11M would probly have got Bassong( if he stuck another 4 on hehe).

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28

    fair enough reet

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Out-
    Bassong £10M

    In-
    Skjelbred £4M
    Campbell £6M

    That them two in without the new owners having to spend a penny in transfer fees.

    We could sell Enrique for about £3M and then bid £1M for Damien Delaney. (That is what Roy Keane has bid)

    Then we have another £2M to spend on a good quality chamionship CB.

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #30

    djg- i reckon bassong will leave for about 7 million.

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  • Macas35

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Beye and Taylor will probably be our two centre backs next season

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Your right. I recon We could get Skjelbred and Campbell for less than that aswell.
    £3M and £4M would probably do it.

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  • DJM TOON

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #33

    i’d be happy with that macas35

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  • Dagga36

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Is anybody else concerned about the timing of any transfers out of the club.

    If they take place pre takeover will the money just disappear into Ashley’s pocket rather than being made available for restructuring?

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  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #35

    All I can say is I wish Bassong the absolute worst!

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Dagga36
    I think all transfers have been put on hold until the new owners come in. It is only free transfers that are being allowed to leave.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Off course Dagga what else did you expect.

    I said it million times on this blog,,he wont sell the club untill he sells 3-4 of our most expensive players.

    That includes: Bassong 9 mill,Coloccini 7 mill,Jonas 8 mill,Martins 10 mill…..and if he still has some time left,he’ll probably sell Xisco,Enrique,Nolan,Barton

    At the end of the day he’ll probably walk out with
    140 mill,,,but people like Rangerman don’t think thats possible.

    Just wait and see 😉

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon_Factor
    Aye Bassong is being pretty big headed like. After being a complete non-entity in Franch he had one good season in the prem and all of a sudden he thinks he is William Gallas. I would be interested to see if he can keep it up next season. (Often players don’t).

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #39

    At the end of the day he’ll probably walk out with
    140 mill,,,but people like Rangerman don’t think thats possible.

    …….

    Not this rubbish again, you really haven’t got a clue about business so I’m not going to explain it to you again on for you to go on about Ashley match fixing again.

    THE CLUB HAS ALLOWED POTENTIAL BUYERS TO LOOK AT THE BOOKS WHICH MEANS HE CAN’T JUST SELL £40 MILLIONS WORTH OF PLAYERS AND POCKET ALL OF THE MONEY AS THE PRICE HAS BEEN SET WITH EVERYTHING INCLUDED.

    ALSO MOST CLUBS PAY FOR PLAYERS OVER THE MAJORITY OF THEIR CONTRACT WHICH YOU SEEM TO STRUGGLE GETTING YOUR HEAD AROUND.

    If that still doesn’t get through then read it over and over until it does.

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Partizan

    If Ashley does that I think we should all chip in to buy an exorcet missile to shoot down his chopper with.

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