News this morning that Sébastien Bassong, the Newcastle United defender, is on the verge of completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur, and is expected to be announced as a Tottenham player later today.
Sebastien Bassong - now in London
The Frenchman arrived in London last night and is apparently waiting to complete a medical at the famous club.
However, the two sides are still hassling over the fee, and of course Newcastle have to get as much as they can from their best player of last season.
But late news suggest the fee has been agreed at £8M, which is a little low from the Newcastle point of view.
If that happens, the way for Newcastle fans to looks at the sale, is that it should help to make Newcastle’s books look better and help sell the club.
If that means Mike Ashley will leave Toon then that has to be good news for Newcastle fans – in fact that would now be wonderful news for Newcastle fans.
The fee Newcastle wanted was believed to be in the region of £10M, and of course Newcastle signed the player 12 months ago for £500K from Metz. One of Newcastle’s best buys ever in the transfer market, to be sure.
With Aston Villa also interested, Harry Redknapp has moved quickly to recruit Bassong, with Tottenham almost certain to be without two center backs for the opening match of the season, against Liverpool, on August 16th.
Both Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson are both injury doubts while there are never any guarantees over the fitness of club captain Ledley King.
In fact because of the fitness concerns of these players we expect Bassong to get lots of games for Spurs next season, and of course the lad is a good, very good player indeed.
It’s just a pity he will not be plying his trade at Newcastle in the future.
“I like Bassong, he is a young player with a good future and a good central defender,”
£8M into the coffers at Newcastle hopefully will make the club that little bit more attractive to potential buyers, and we also expect Aston Villa to snap up the talented Habib Beye before the weekend for as much as £4M.