News today that both West Ham and Arsenal are interested in our center-backs Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong.
Seb Bassong – wonderful young player
But once Alan Shearer becomes manage at his home-town club, which should be within the next several days, we don’t think Steven Taylor will want to go anywhere, and Steven will hunker down to get the club back where it belongs, in the Premier League as soon as possible.
Habib Beye has also made that pledge so we don’t expect the Senegal International to go anywhere, and he could be the new captain next season too.
However., the one player Alan may find it more difficult to keep on Tyneside is Sebastien Bassong, who was easily Newcastle’s best player last season, hist first on Tyneside, and the lad is very ambitious to play at the highest levels.
Since Alan is said to have talked to Taylor and Bassong these last couple of says we hope he’s also kept the 22 year-old Frenchman appraised of the situation, since there’s still a slight chance that he can persuade Bassong to stay on Tyneside.
West Ham have former Newcastle number two Steve Clarke on their coaching staff, and are primarily interested in Steven, while Arsenal are said to be keen on Frenchman Bassong.
However, Arsenal did sign Belgian International Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax for 12M, and depending on which reports you read that’s either euros or pounds sterling. If it’s euros then that’s around £16.7M, and that’s a good price.
The Journal is reporting today that Bassong has been flattered by interest from compatriot Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, and that decoded means – please come and get me.
Bassong is grateful to the Newcastle club for giving him his big chance, and there’s no doubt the lad looked a winner last season, and will only get better.
He was expected to get his first cap last Saturday for Cameroon against Gabon, but the game was postponed, due to the death of Gabon President President Omar Bongo, who ruled for 42 years.
The game has been rescheduled for 5th September, and another game between the two teams will still take place just 4 days later. Gabon are currently top of their group with 6 points from 2 games, with Cameroon bottom with just a single point from their two games.
Whether Seb will stay on Tyneside, is a big question and not very likely, but if Alan wants to get some good news into the club quickly, it has to be that he’s persuaded Seb to stay on Tyneside, maybe just for next season, in the hope we can bounce straight back up to the Premier League.
That would be good news indeed, and something that has been in short supply on Tyneside this year – so far. But that may be a pipe dream, and the youngster may have already made his mind up to leave the club in the summer.
If Bassong does go, we should at least ensure we get a very good price for him, otherwise we shouldn’t sell.