Is the reason that Sebastien Bassong will not play in tonight’s friendly against Leeds United that he is close to moving to Tottenham?
Seb Bassong-On his way to Tottenham?
Sebastien Bassong has been the most outspoken player at Newcastle about his desire to leave the struggling club. He cites his ambition to play top flight football as his main reason for this. While he loves Newcastle, he says he needs to play in the Premiership.
A few months ago, Tottenham were in reports about acquiring the excellent central midfielder. He would have beeen a great addition for Spurs. However the deal never materialized for whatever reason.
Recently Bassong reiterated his intent to leave however hinted that if Shearer had been named manager from the start of preseason he would have been more inclined to stay.
His full comments at that time were,
“I think, in this situation, a lot of players will want to leave.”
“They cannot stay in this situation. I’m not the only one. It would be different if a manager was in charge, particularly Alan Shearer, as he knows the club and the team.”
“I have a lot of respect for Newcastle and the supporters – everybody knows that.”
“The situation at the club is a little bit strange. I don’t know who is going to be the manager or owner.”
“That’s why it’s a bit weird. I want to play in the Premier League, and I think I deserve to play in the Premier League.”
Today the report is that Newcastle are willing to part with the defender for a bargain £8M. Furthermore, they report he has agreed to a wage packet of £50,000 a week. That would be quite a deal for Sebastien but Newcastle should surely be able to get at least £10M for their best player.
It is no coincidence that Bassong has not featured for Newcastle this preseason. He obviously is itching to leave Newcastle. This is such a shame as Bassong was all class last year for Newcastle.