Newcastle Will Require Substantial Fee For Sebastien Bassong


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.

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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.

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47 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    at least a little good news. we better spend at least 1-2 m on some replacement if we get 15 m or more.

    but buying a player, even for 1 m is way too much to ask apparently..

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  • Fostino

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    please god can some take colo, geremi and smith off our wage bill

    id say duff is a very high earner too

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  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s on his way – only a matter of time….

    Shame we can’t get rid of Colo the clown first though

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  • cam_toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Yawn

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    If Bassong wants out, get a fat wedge for for him, no point havin’ him ’round if he wants away!..

    …& defo don’t waste the money on another ‘want away’, so probably not a french player then!..

    …We gave him his chance, he did well…But his last few games last season weren’t that much to write home about…

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    The way we are being run at the mo, Citeh could offer 15 mil and we would turn it down coz we only asked for 10!

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, the last time we thought mancity would come bidding 15mn for given, they bid only 8 mn and did took the pi$$ out of us for michael johnson.

    So , please dont raise your hopes lads. bassong would be a goner for 10 mn itself.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    I would have taken the £10 million.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #10

    I just think this is going to be more of the same, he isnt going to sell.

    I cannot imagine any new buyer saying, please get rid of those highly paid players Martins, Bassong and Beye.

    Please do not sell Xisco, Smith, Duff, Barton, Carroll, Nolan etc etc etc as we will be only to happy to keep them on their present wages.

    I am not so sure myself now about it all, when did Ashley get those threats??

    Maybe he did make a mistake with Allerdyce then got KK but did not like the threats against his family and decided to pull the place apart, this continues to be the work of a complete nutter.

    Trouble is anyone in the public eye gets threats, propositions and everything else but they rarely mean anything.

    They may get a bit more serious if he keeps on going, I wouldnt like to be the man who did what he is doing.

    We will all just have to go find another sport to watch until he is gone.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Rangerman // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    I would have taken the £10 million.

    Well ya thick then!

    The club know Man City are interested and are sure to outbid every other club.

    So obviously we will get more than £10m!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Ian –

    to the best of my knowledge he was never directly threatened or his family – his security advised him he may be in danger.

    Yet again crap advice given by people around him

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Well ya thick then!

    The club know Man City are interested and are sure to outbid every other club.

    So obviously we will get more than £10m!

    ……

    Like we did with Given?

    I’d say City know that if a player is desperate enough to leave that if they hold there ground then we will sell in the end.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Rangerman

    There was only City interested in buying Given.

    City are competing with Spurs and possibly Arsenal so they know the only way they can get him is by outbidding the other clubs.

    We cannot lose here. If nobody pays the money we want we get to keep a good player.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon Grame

    re crap advice, security people like their clients to think there is a threat!!

    That may have cost him a big chunk of his fortune.

    You have got to be mad to want to watch anymore of this, someone elsehwere said you should put some money on us going down again, I do not think you could get odds!!

    Probably the best thing to do is put money on us going up, if someone took over you would be millionaires!! Anyone know the odds for promotion? 1000 to 1?

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  • Doocey

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    If Man City offer £15m I’d bite their hands off 😀

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  • Mag 48

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I believe things will get a lot worse we have’nt reached bottom yet This team is not good enough to hold its own in the championship never mind get promoted.There will be no buyer never thought there would be. Two or more bidders over £100m more lies This transfer window will be like all the rest under Ashley.Kinnear will attract some real star players on his return.
    I wait to be proven wrong.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    If kinnear come back I’m finished with the Toon

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #19

    As at 2 August, the rumour does the rounds in Dubai .

    http://www.timeoutdubai.com/knowledge/news/9876-dubai-tycoon-to-buy-newcastle-united#comment

    Amazing how these things start and just won’t go away!!!

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    mag 48 I agree the midfield is weak, Jonas and Duff are no good, none of the remining strikers will score many goals, Carroll got 1 when he played at Preston, so it is down to Ameobi as Nile Ranger is an unknown and it is unfair to place everything on his shoulders.

    Our defense was terrible before Beye and Bassong.

    I agree we are going to have a big fall.

    Guthrie, S Taylor, Lua Lua and Nile Ranger may be ok.

    The rest? Anyone’s guess.

    If Smith could find form he could be brilliant in this championship as it is his sort of game, that is another ‘if’ the same as the one over Nile Ranger.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    geordiedoonsouth

    kinnear is the least of our worries, it is who is left on the pitch, there are always managers floating about but once you start the season that is your team until xmas.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Any new owner must come in and identify the problems with the team and address them head on.

    If that starts with the back and makes its way to the forwards then so bit it.

    We need a complete overhall on and off field.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Ian I agree I’ve supported the Toon for 54 years (I’m an old git) & can remember being relegated before but what I can’t remember is the club being in such a shambles as it is now. Kinnear would be a huge backward step & unpopular to boot. I have lived doonsooth for the past 30 years & I am used to getting the p*ss taken out of me but what makes me worried is that people have stopped taking the p*ss & are now feeling sorry for us. I think that is even worse.

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  • Mag 48

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Who the hell would be attracted to this managerless leaderless playerless club.I wish I could be more positive but we seem to just go muddling along.

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  • Mag 48

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Geordiedoonsooth
    Know what you mean the 48 in Mag 48 is when I saw my first game.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree with you both.

    The thing is as well this is supposed to be a pleasure, it is something you pay for, entertainment.

    What are we getting for our pennies?

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #27

    ian // Aug 3, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    I agree with you both.

    The thing is as well this is supposed to be a pleasure, it is something you pay for, entertainment.

    What are we getting for our pennies?

    Agony and Grey hair

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  • Doocey

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Geordiedoonsooth // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    If kinnear come back I’m finished with the Toon

    No offence but that’s not much of a real supporters attitude.
    You may have supported Newcastle for 40 or 50 years I don’t know but the one thing Newcastle fans do is get behind anyone and everyone who plays/manages Newcastle.
    If Kinnear comes back (which I can assure you won’t happen) I’ll be right behind him.

    But you needn’t worry, Kinnear won’t be near a comeback.

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Geordiedoonsooth // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    If kinnear come back I’m finished with the Toon

    rephrase: if kinnear come back, the Toon will be finished.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Stop talking about getting rid of Coloccini, our biggest liabilities are Butt and Smith. Those two are useless, and crazy wages.

    Colo might have been crap last year, but the two others have been crap for years.

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    ian // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Toon Grame

    re crap advice, security people like their clients to think there is a threat!!

    That may have cost him a big chunk of his fortune.

    You have got to be mad to want to watch anymore of this, someone elsehwere said you should put some money on us going down again, I do not think you could get odds!!

    Probably the best thing to do is put money on us going up, if someone took over you would be millionaires!! Anyone know the odds for promotion? 1000 to 1?

    ————-

    1000/1, hahahaha are you stupid, we were the 9/2 favourites to win the league never mind promotion and we still are favs at most bookies, however a few of them hav us at around 6/1 just behind boro. where you got the idea that we’d be 1000/1 i will never know!!!

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #32

    nick 69, you were taking my odds seriously? As if I sat down all day and came up with that figure!

    You can forget the other odds though unless a miracle happens.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Jan Stavic every player over championship wages should go, the only ones we shoud have kept are the ones which would get us back up and would have the makings of a few premiership players.

    Many players on too much add up to more than three quality players on high wages.

    But who cares i am getting sick of all of this, people trying to make sense of an idiots Ashley and Llambias, the idiots are us paying to watch it.

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #34

    No I didn’t take your odds seriously, since you put a question mark at then end of it you obviously didn’t know, but its obvious that you thought we would be some ridiculously high price, when infact its the exact opposite, and rightly so considering we have the best team on paper in the championship by miles.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Had best team on paper I think are the words you were searching for.

    Martins, Beye and Bassong will be rubbed out.

    Harper, Taylor and Guthrie are ok, the rest are rubbish, wait until the season starts to see.

    Barton in a rough table!! He found reasons to fight in the quiet premiership.

    No goals from Ameobi, Carroll and co.

    No goals from midfield except Guthrie.

    Paper is one thing reality is another.

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  • carrollfan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #36

    I can see carroll getting a few in the championship he is a couple of years older then his brief spell at preston and a much better player.

    I would like to see him up front with ranger against WBA though i would guess it would be ameobi

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  • carrollfan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Actually my biggest worry this season is how many we will concede not score, especially when you consider the number of penalties we gave away last season then a couple more against dundee

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #38

    a few is not good enough to get back up, Carroll is now the number 9.

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  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Top championship scorer 25

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #40

    no, HAVE was the word I was searching for. most of our players may have been garbage last season, but there is a big difference in the quality of players in the premiership and championship and the likes of s.taylor, guthrie, enrique, jonas, nolan, barton, smith, duff and even geremi, are better than the players most teams in this league have!!

    and carroll is NOT the new number 9, otherwise he would have been given the number 9 shirt. Andy Carroll is still a young prospect and people like you putting loads of pressure on him is exactly what he doesn’t need!!

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