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.
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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