It seems that the demand for Newcastle players is now started to increase, and with Martins gone for a good £9M to Wolfsburg, Newcastle have reportedly turned down a £2M bid from Hull for Beye and a £10M bid from Tottenham for 23 year-old star defender Sebastien Bassong.
Sebastien Bassong – £10M bid turned down
Tottenham are reported to have had an offer in the region of £10M rejected by Newcastle for defender Sebastien Bassong, but we expect that if Spurs or other interested parties raise their bid to silly money Newcastle would sell their young star.
The French defender not surprisingly has attracted lots of interest this summer summer following Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.
Bassong is ambitious and has said he would be willing to leave Tyneside, if he could keep playing in the top division, and each player has his price, but it looks like that price for Bassong is nearer to £15M than £10M, if any club are willing to test Newcastle’s resolve.
Both Everton and money-bags Manchester City are also reportedly keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, so we have to hope for a silly bid from Manchester City, since they have already shown they are quite good at that.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is keen to bring in a center-back who is not always injured, as are his current first choice center-backs Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King.
The news is that Spurs’ chief scout watched Bassong in action in Newcastle’s friendly at home to Leeds United in midweek, which ended 0-0, and Spurs subsequently made their improved offer for the player.
Newcastle are in the driving seat with Bassong, because he is a great young player with many clubs interested, and they would love to keep the player, who may stay if the mess at Newcastle is ever sorted out before September – but we’re not holding our breath on that one.
Bassong has already made 34 appearances for Newcastle since being signed from French club Metz for a paltry £500K last summer.
What a deal that was for the club, and Bassong was of course easily the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season last season, getting over 60% of the vote.