The Daily Telegraph is reporting this morning that Manchester City will attempt to sign French defender Sebastien Bassong after failing to sign Joleon Lescott from Everton.
Seb Bassong – Newcastle will hold out for massive fee
And that may be good news for both Newcastle United and the player himself.
Good for Newcastle, because with Tottenham already after the player we may get a silly bid of around £15M for Sebastien, and we’d take that.
And with Bassong’s wage demands surprising Spurs boss Harry Redknapp a little, that will not be a problem for Manchester City.
So it could turn out to be win-win, because Newcastle will need the transfer funds to help with their finances in the Championship.
Newcastle have now become a little desperate to cut their huge wage bill, which stands around £56M per year right now, as they embark on their Championship campaign, but they will still be able to hang on for a silly fee for their best player by far last season.
Of course Manchester City are adamant they will not be held to ransom when paying fees for players, but their actions hardly back up those words, as they were more than willing to pay double the going value for AC Milan’s Kaka in January, and regularly bid above a player’s value, as Chelsea once did.
Of course Bassong was one of the few Newcastle players to emerge from the relegation season with a lot of credit, and Newcastle can afford to hold out for a massive fee for their 23 year-old Frenchman, since they would really rather keep the player.
Newcastle got a good deal for Oba Martins, with a good £9M going into the coffers from Wolfsburg, and since Martins was said to be getting a wage raise to £93K/week, that also took a huge wage earner of the Newcastle wage bill.
That’s what we need to get for Bassong, if we decide to sell, and we should ensure we get a very good deal for the youngster, because we’d rather see him stay on Tyneside, and help the club get back at the first attempt in the coming season.
A bid for £15M would force the club to cash in on their young star, and if we don’t get a bid like that we should keep the lad.