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Is Bassong On His Way to Tottenham?

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.

118 comments so far

  • Darryl

    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #1

    I would rather have an unhappy Bassong in the squad over 8 million without.

  • Stardust

    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #2

    So the player who is under contract can now decide his own destiny?

    He needs someone to rubber stamp his move – it simply wont happen until our future is decided if at all.

    Back to work young Seb.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Stardust – agreed.


    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    8m-that will pay for another months wages-definitely can see it happening-the scramble for the door in August is going to be interesting.
    If the club isnt sold in next week the player for sale signs must be put out.

  • Stuart79

    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Stardust // Jul 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    So the player who is under contract can now decide his own destiny?

    He needs someone to rubber stamp his move – it simply wont happen until our future is decided if at all.

    Back to work young Seb.

    Agreed. I wish the club would have taken that stance with Given and Milner however.

    Still maintain we will know the state of the takeover one way or the other if any players are sold.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Bye Seb!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    ..and Beye and Martins if the news be true!

    I would rather see.. Xisco, Collo and Duffer out the door tbh!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Should have sold the highearners at the start of the summer in my opinion, would have made the club more sellable!

    The £15m Arsenal are getting for Toure will cover Martins & Bassong, that will do!

  • Mag 48

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Bassong will have to join the queue outside the managers door whoever that maybe.
    Wonder if J Kinnear still has his target list left over from January?


    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    sooner the better imo. “loves the club” walofs. he is so up his own arse after one “decent” season that he thinks he “deserves” premiership football. i feel i deserve premiership football too but you don’t see me giving up my ticket and going to watch sunderland instead. if he doesn’t want to play for us. make sure you get the best deal possible and get rid. also no i don’t wish him all the best after his “loyal” service.

  • tails

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12


    is an interesting article. some parts of it say that the players who havent started crying and talking to the press about moves were basically livid with some of the others. hate to say it but beye is one of the ones who wants to leave and his attitude right now stinks. bassong is even worse – he is basically refusing to play, beye is willing to go on the pitch but wont put in maximum effort.

    whether we have a manager or not every single player has got to put in 100% effort, id be happy if beye and bassong go asap because the youngsters who will replace them will at least put the effort in.


    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone know what’s happening with Xisco and collocini? They were spotted by a nufc.com reader heading to parma? we’re they going there for a medical? it was after the 6-1 thrashing and apparently they were talking about the match in spanish and the guy who sat next to them who took the pictures spoke spanish and it’s wasn’t good.

    Maybee these are all players being moved on silently behind the scenes?

    It’s fairly obvious bassong has been moved on and this says to me there’s no offers on the table for mike To consider as he wouldn’t be able to off load.

  • lesh

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Pretty damning article here.

    Among those it identified as having been treated with contempt, it omitted the players.

    Will it provoke a response? I doubt it somehow.


  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #15

    The times runs a good article too…

    Rounded off with this sentence…

    “I could bemoan the lack of communication, but what good is communication when you don’t believe a word being said? The disdain that the people running the club have shown to the fans is beyond belief. It’s almost enough to make you yearn for Freddy Shepherd and his inability to pipe down. Almost.”


  • RyanToon

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    eff off bassong you w anker

  • tails

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #17

    bassong is refusing to play, this is only pre-season remember so even if there is a pending transfer for him he’d still wanna play and get fit ready for new season regardless of who he is playing for.

    also if he goes to spurs i will laugh because i heard a few days ago that pretty much all of their CBs are crocked: woodgate (major crock as we know) dawson and king (biggest crock out of the lot). although bassong was top performer last year, his stupid tackle that got him sent off game before last wasnt very clever and i can remember him also having a groin injury towards end of season so if he gets injured early doors id love to see spurs struggle at the back.

  • bill

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Frankly, I think players are getting away with murder these days. It seems that it is fine that they can demand a transfer whenever they wish but clubs cannot get rid of them without paying up their contracts.

    The sooner clubs stand up to these greedy so and so’s the better. I have contemplated giving up my season ticket for some time, not because of the plight we are in, but the ever increasing costs and the ridiculous amount of money these people get paid.

    The whole system is skewed toward the player and this has to change as I cannot see how this can be sustained. In my opinion there should be a cap on club expenditure regarding wages and transfer fees. Possibly set at about 50% of turnover or a figure fixed for every club depending on which division the club is in, then the money saved could be used to reduce prices to attend games and be invested in other areas of the club.
    Giving players huge salaries does nothing for the game.


    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #19

    I personally think he looked better than what he is because he was in a sh1t side so alowances were made with him being cheap. yes he played very well at times but he also had his fair share of mares.

  • tails

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    they reckon spurs will pay bassong 50k per week. i know he had a good season last year but is he really worth that??

  • tails

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    NO F IN KINNEAR // Jul 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    spot on mate.

  • RyanToon

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #22

    ANY player that wants OUT just sell em! ive had enough of em! the effin the lot em! sell sell sell

    sorry just angry

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Spot on RyanToon,

    We have spent too long pating for players who dont want to play for us!

  • cam_toon

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Well balls to him. Loses his loyalty bonus wont he.

    Its a shame as I think the season in the CCC would help him develop. As he is still no where there yet.

    If we can get 10M plus I’d be happy.

  • melbournemac

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Simple answer to all this.

    They want out………….Spurs need a CB………12M ……..Hull need a FB……5 M…….nuff said

  • Rodzilla

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d be happy with a team that actually knew their arses from their elbows. It’s pretty clear very few of them could give a flying fk at the moment due to all this uncertainty. When are we gona hear something positive!!!!!!!!!!

    sick as a fkn parrot

  • tails

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #27

    hull will be relegated this season, they were awful last year and they will be this year plus i cannot stand phil brown, one of big fat sams old gayboys.

  • bozo

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #28

    8 million for a player who has had 1 decent season great business but knowing Ashley I am sure he would sell him for much less.

  • BT9MAG

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m tired of this whole thing but can’t see where it’s going to end…I can’t see us getting sold, and if we do, it’ll be right at the end of the transfer window.

    With the squad we have I can’t see us securing promotion, and with the wages we have, all the young talent will be sold, but we’ll keep the ‘experienced’ players and they did so well for us this year.

    At the start of last year I told people they were being stupid when they said we’d do a leeds…now i’m not so sure. Out of interest, anyone else going to watch the match tonight?

  • Charlie Toon

    Jul 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Only 10 days till West Brom!! We NEED a manager asap. It doesn’t matter if it’s Shearer or not, we just can’t go on with this lack of discipline and true organisation!

    I don’t understand how installing a manager and lifting the transfer embargo would detriment the sale of the club, surely it would make it more attractive and speed up the sale!

    With the money from the sale of Matins, Bassong and Beye alone we would be able to purchase all the players we need for new season.

    Anyway I’m sick to death of talking and hearing about Ashley, new owners and all the speculation. I’m just excited about the new season now and talking about matters ON the pitch not off it!

  • UTD111

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s a nice little dilemma for the fat barrowboy….

    He, or someone who works for him, has allegedly put an embargo on any player movements until a new owner is in place….

    However, he knows his beloved Tottenheim would be a stronger team with Bassong in their ranks……

    Ho-ho-ho …. chew on that one fat cockney LOL

  • Big Dave

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Lads my way of thinking is that bassong came to us to get a chance of 1st team football and it worked out for him, but we had so many of our own youngsters but they didnt get the chance he was given, so if we give 3 or 4 of our own youngsters a chance of regular games who knows 2 or 3 off them might grab the chance that they deserve.

  • tails

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Charlie Toon // Jul 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM
    “I don’t understand how installing a manager and lifting the transfer embargo would detriment the sale of the club, surely it would make it more attractive and speed up the sale!”

    what if the new owners dont like the manager? what if the new owners want to keep certain players?

  • Stuart79

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #34

    tails // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Everton are for sale and they have a permanant manager.

    Portsmouth were for sale and they appointed Tony Adams.

    West Ham were for sale and they appointed Zola.

    The fact remains IMO that a stable club in reasonable state has to be a better proposition that a clueless, rudderless shambles!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Lesh – Post 14.

    Interesting read in the Chronicle.

  • ToonRich

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Bit off topic, but with reffernce to comment #13…
    How many of you know/knew that Xsico is gay??
    I found it somewhat a suprise when a colleague of mine told me towards the end of last season.
    I just wonder if him & Collocini have something going on! Were’nt the photographed looking cozy at the training facilities at the time one of the brazillian readers posted pics of that trialist?!
    Or being moved on together just a coincidence…


    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Funnily enough mate My Girlfriends friends boyfriend (haha!) is an accountant and my girlfriend said to me he was looking after a NUFC players finances and that he was gay. I thought it might be charles n’zogbia at the time but wasn’t sure if he was bent. It must be xisco then.

  • shrews mag

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #38

    I know its difficult for supporters at present … but in reality I am not suprised that players want out … many have no connection with newcastle and many do not understand or appreciate what the club means to the average supporter.

    Get rid of the ones who want to go … they are the one who got us relegated anyway …

  • Stuart79

    Jul 29, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #40

    WELSHMAG // Jul 29, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    ‘Wasn’t sure if he was bent’?

    What sort of political incorrect talk is that?


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