It seems that according to a report in the Evening Chronicle today, Tottenham Hotspur are in the lead in attempts to sign our top center-back Sebastien Bassong.
Michael Dawson – part exchange for Bassong?
There are several clubs keen on the 22 year-old, and they include Arsenal, Manchester City and local rivals Sunderland, as well as Spurs and that’s one of the negatives of being relegated – it’s hard to hang onto some of your best players.
While he was on duty over the last couple of weeks with the Cameroon squad, Sebastien himself said there were negotiations going on with two Premier league clubs.
But according to people close to Bassong, only Spurs have come forward and expressed a solid interest in the Frenchman.
Harry Redknapp would want to strengthen his central defense for next season, and of course Harry knows a good player when he sees one, and Bassong seems to have a great future in the game.
Harry has two injury-prone center-backs in Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate, and we’re sure Seb would get lots of games next season. Once he had a run in the side he could well cement his first team place, just like he did at Newcastle last season.
Alan Shearer has urged the Newcastle hierarchy to demand up to £15M for Bassong, so if we do lose him we at least get some funds to bring new good players into the club. But our current hierarchy seem to have been ignoring Shearer and everybody else for that matter, over the last 4 weeks or so, as the club has sunk to its lowest level in years.
Redknapp may yet try to tempt Newcastle into a part-exchange deal involving one or two of players, and we think Shearer may be interested in 25 year-old Michael Dawson, who Bobby Robson was after when he was 19 and still at Nottingham Forest.
Chris Gunter – season-long loan at Newcastle?
That may make it a little easier if we lose Bassong, but whether Dawson would want to take a step down to the Championship is a good question. Of course there is also 19 year -old center-back Chris Gunter, whom Alan may want to sign outright, and in part exchange for Bassong.
Alan may at least be able to get Chris on a season long loan, if Bassong does sign for Spurs.
Some contacts close to the Bassong situation told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’re waiting to hear back from a couple of other clubs regarding Seb, but Tottenham are definitely keen,”
“It’s still early days, but we do expect things to be resolved quite quickly once teams report back for pre-season.”
We think Alan will want to keep Bassong at Newcastle, but it could well be too late with his mind is probably already made up and likely to join another club for next season, after witnessing the disgraceful mess the club has been in over the last 5 weeks.