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Bassong Could Be Next Out Of The Door At Newcastle

News this morning that Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to improve their bid for defender Sébastien Bassong this week.

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Sebastien Bassong – next out of the door at Newcastle?

Seb was pulled from the starting line-up against Dundee United yesterday, and we thought that was because a deal could be imminent, but Chris Hughton has said today it was never his intention to play Seb, because he is suspended for the first game of the season.

It does seem however that the long-awaited St James’ Park clear-out is about to get under way, but why the club has waited this long is beyond us, especially when transfer money coming in and big earners off the wage bill make the club more attractive to buyers.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp yesterday denied any knowledge of the £10M bid his club was yesterday widely reported to have had rejected by Newcastle United.

However, Harry knows a good player when he sees one,  and Bassong is equipped to become an excellent and dominant center-back – but not at Newcastle it appears.

Of course Sebastien is not a high wage earner having only joined the club a year ago from Metz for £500K, but he is one which the club can get a significant transfer fee for, presumably that can then be used to bring in reinforcements to the squad.

The squad was too small last year, and we have now lost six players from that squad with no new players arriving yet on Tyneside.

Exactly which wizard at Newcastle is planning all this is not known, but take your pick between Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.

Caretaker manager Chris Hughton said yesterday he knew nothing of Spurs’ interest, but then also revealed he had no involvement at all in Martins’ £9M departure to Wolfsburg.

French Under-21 international Bassong was one of three first teamers who missed the trip to Tannadice yesterday.

Habib Beye handed in a transfer request last week and didn’t travel,  and Fabricio Coloccini also did not travel to Scotland, but both are carrying injuries.

Hughton told the Newcastle Journal:

“They are all Newcastle players at this moment in time,” But what happens in the future, I don’t know. At the moment they are all players at this club.”

“I spent the weekend preparing the team for this game. The stuff I saw on the television (about Bassong) was the first I knew about it. I have not spoken to anybody since, so as far as I am concerned at the moment, it is only speculation.”

“Habib and Coloccini had injuries and it was never my intention to play Bassong because he is suspended for the first game of the season. It is not difficult to plan because all you can do is work with the players you have.”

Hughton also said he was told about Martins deal only when it was a done deal and had no involvement in it at all, and wasn’t brought into the negotiations.

Chris continued:

“I was only made aware of the Obafemi Martins situation when it was a definite deal,”

“At the moment there are not any other deals I am aware of, and that is probably the best way to keep it.”

Bassong joined United on trial last summer and impressed enough to earn a permanent deal at the Tyneside club, and was outstanding last season.

Harry Redknapp has all three center-backs in Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King all carrying injuries, so he is obviously in the market for a center-back.

Harry said:

“He is a player I was interested in,” “I like Bassong, he is a young player with a good future and he is a good central defender.”

“I don’t think we have made an offer as far as I know. I am sure the chairman has not made an offer.”

As our readers will know, we’d like to see Bassong stay at the club, but how you can convince anybody to stay on Tyneside right now, with no new owner and no manager, and Alan Shearer back with the BBC, is beyond us.

So it seems we’ll lose whoever we lose until this madness is stopped.

When that will be is anybody’s guess, but the Newcastle United Club is in a very bad way right now.

Until this all sorts itself out they will need out support more than ever, and a win at WBA on Saturday is just what we need to lift the spirits of  Newcastle fans everywhere.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • batty

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    aye thats why lambarse had to get back doon to london the other day to sell bassong

  • HarryWorth

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    So when seb leaves that will be

    Given £5m+
    Milner £12m
    Martins £9m
    Insomnia £6
    Bassong £10m+

    Thats over £42m transfer fees in… as opposed to

    Nolan £4m
    being spent….

    Does anyone not think that ashley is assett stripping and putting the money into his back pocket ?

  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Just a little point for everyone to think about.

    When Ashley came in he was always complaining about the future earnings of the club had been spent in advance by FFS ie the sponsorship money.

    Well if a new owner comes in now won’t he be saying the same thing?

    The club and this regime have already spent a large chunk of the season ticket revenue for the next three years!

    So hasn’t Mike Ashley done exactly the same as FFS and Ashley was always moanin on about that!

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Well lads we kick off this weekend and we are worse off than we were last season this is a perfect time to panic we can’t just sit around and watch Ashley rape our club.

  • Partizan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Everything is going the way i predicted 7 weeks ago.

    This is Ashley’s way to make us all suffer,,and all of you know that but you’re still watching your club dying slowly and not doing anything about it.

    If this happened to one of the big clubs in ex Yugoslavia…..there’s nooo way that the fans would let some sabotager making fun of them and their club.

    What would they do??

    🙂 that…..you don’t wanna know 😉

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t believe that their has not been a demonstration by now. And now is not the time for one but we are ALL just sitting back watching this piece of sh1t rape our club

  • Partizan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Exactly Belfast Toon

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Partizan not only would I want to know I’d want to watch!!

    Fat basturd!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Belfast – just sitting on the fence but what would a demonstration do?

    MA & DL already ignore anything to do with the fans.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Bout time the toon army had a militant wing partizan?

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    As I said before bows not the time but we have forced his hand before if we made a bit of noise we mght get some news about WTF is going on or even pressure the tw4t into an early sale

  • Partizan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Belfast….I’m sick to death when i read Stardust’s and Rangerman coments how everytime they have an excuse of defending Ashley.

    Ok,1 question for them

    Why is Ashley only looking to sell players and having no intention to replace them?

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Partizan we don’t even have a manager never mind new players

  • Partizan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Belfast…..For that they have excuse by saying”maybe the new owners wont want this x person as a manager”

    Well maybe the future owners t didnt want Martins and Bassong out untill they buy the club,,but they’re still being sold or will be sold.

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    These lot are the best salesmen ever, all the players everyone wants they sell, all the players no-one wants they buy or keep.

    He should get an overdraft and add lump sum sweeteners to all of the rubbish and get them out of the door and get their wages off the books,

    Smith, Barton, Ameobi, Carroll, Taylor (midfield), Nolan, Jonas, Duff and so on, get the wage bill on rubbish down,

    THEN bring in a few reasonable championship players then sell the likes of Bassong to counter the sweeteners given to clubs to take those other players off our hands.

    This way round all we have done is get two good player wages off the books and kept 5 times their wages but no good players on the books who actually devalue the club’s price!!

    Ie sell the assets, keep the liabilities.

    How did this man ever get his money, was he left some by some relations, had a good manager who made his money for him?

    I have never seen any people as useless in my life anywhere before and i have been around businesses all of my life.

  • Stardust

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16


    The current position is to make the club as saleable as possible – that means removing short to medium term liabilities that can not be sustained.

    On one hand our fans bemoan that we could go into administration- on the other they complain when he takes action to prevent that happening.

    Thereon the decision for the new incoming players is for the new owners to take.

    Damned if you do – damned if you don’t – how fickle the mob.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    re: what’s going on…didn’t Llambias say that the club could be bought early this week? I know he said “could”, but I’m just sitting tight – I don’t think Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum could be THAT malicious/stupid to just sell all of our players and bring nobody in (owner/manager/players) to KO the new season.

    …could they?

  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    This club and no other championship club is as saleable as it should be.

    £100m is a complete joke of an asking price for a business losing £30m or more every year!

    However I don’t think it’s the asking price that’s putting people off it’s the mess the club is in, both financially and generally.

    Relegation was on Ashley watch so I ay the blame at his door.

    He cares not a jot about the club or it’s future. It’s drifting towards relegation and he’s not bothered as in his twisted, warped and monged head he thinks he’s have sold the club by then.

    He won’t have as once the transer window closes we will have sold our best players and not brought any in.

    Anyone really going to by the club then?

    Thought not….

    Mike Ashley is like a banker. They also single handedly brought huge great institutions to their knees!

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Rodz @ 17…… given their decision-making history, I’d say the answer to your questions undoubtedly Yup!

  • G-Man

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Sky Sports News – Beye to Villa £3 Million, R.Taylor our only right back – Noooooooo……

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    Stewart…. re “However I don’t think it’s the asking price that’s putting people off it’s the mess the club is in, both financially and generally”

    Then in that case, lowering the asking price’s got to be the answer.

  • Partizan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Stardust…..Aha,,,its like buying a well equiped car,and just when you agreed the price,the owner of the car want to remove the:rims,the Cd player,the leather seats etc.

    Now you tell me….by selling all our best players and NOT replacing them(thats my main issue)…..how attractive can we look for the potential buyers.

    Cos seem to me,he has no intention to buy new players just sell sell sell.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Rod he’s been saying that for 8 weeks he’s stringing us along and wer like sheep

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Partizan, unless these player sales have already been agreed by the ‘new-owner-in-waiting’ as part of the terms of sale (I.E. wage bill reduction)?

    …I may be being a tad optimistic here

  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    belfast toon // Aug 3, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Rod he’s been saying that for 8 weeks he’s stringing us along and wer like sheep

    Ya right they are stringing us all along. It’s almost like their trying to give us a little bit of hope now and again so we don’t desert the club.

    I’ve lost all interest in this takeover now as I’ve resigned my self to the club not being sold.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    belfast, hhhmmmm. Spose all we can do is sit and wait, more – I honestly don’t think protests will swing anything in our favour. It is sh1t I know, but I’m sort of used to it by now.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think well get a single piont from our first three games unless something happens soon

  • Partizan

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Rod…Why would they do that,,wouldnt be better for them if they deal with those transfers instead of giving Ashley to take the money for himself and nothing for the club?

    Makes no sense to me at all.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    G-Man, if Ryan Taylor becomes our first choice RB we are well and truly fkd

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    ….dunno Partizan, I’m just clutching at straws really.

    On SSN, spuds and unwashed agreed a fee for Bent. As someone mentioned previously on this blog – at least we’ll get to see mackems walking around with ‘BENT’ on their backs. 😀

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Stardust fickle, what rubbish.

    Ashley and co are stupid, they should have got another overdraft and moved all of the premiership players who are no good but still paid more than championship players out, then that woul remove liabilities, then if required sell Bassong to repay that overdraft, if another player had to be sold then look at the amount required and sell the one or two least required players to repay that bill.

    Then the wage bill would be down, the liabilties reducing the club value would be gone and any remaining players would be an asset.

    This is a bum first way of doing things because if it goes wrong doing it this way you have more wages and you have players who are no good.

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    ps they would have to give lump sum sweeteners from the overdraft money to move them as no-one wants to pay for them or pay then their current wages.

  • Stardust

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Ian – you ignore timing – clubs would not buy players on high wages unless it was a fire sale – by doing it early in the window would have shown other clubs we are desperate AND i we were asking a fair chunck for each they would await the latter part of the window for other players as options to compare value – exacerbating the situation.

    The way they have done that seems to be preventing that – we are getting value and removing short and medium term debt.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Does everyone want rid of these players or not?..
    Make ya’ F**kin’ minds up!..

    …Aw yea, ashley’s makin’ us pay, blah, blah, blah…

    …Stop F**kin’ moanin’…When teams drop a league, this is what happens, deal with it!..

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh dear, Stardust….. your reference ‘how fickle the mob’ tells me you’ve lost the sagacity I genuinely thought you had!

  • evildick

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #36

    i agree with punk. i couldnt care less about losing our ‘stars’. these lot got us relegated without as much as a wimper. blood the kids, at least they’ll have pace! maybe even some passion!!

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Punk….. take it easy man, try counting to 42, backwards and see if that helps see things a little more philosophically.

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Stardust, we are not getting value, all that is happening is they are selling the players that are good and wanted.

    Any fool can do that.

    It is moving these Ashley high paid no hopers that are the challenge. Xisco, Smith, Barton, Jonas, Collocini and so on.

    Carroll should sell and Ameobi will need little subsidy.

    Subsidising their sales would knock millions off the wage bill for players we will not use anyhow

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Your way you have sold the only decent players, have knocked less of the wage bill and only have the rubbish left, what happends if you left it too late and are stuck with them all? They will take some moving even with cash.

    Cant you see that?

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Cheers evil,

    I’m sick of philosophy & football mate…We’re down to brass tacks bro!..
    …Basically, we’ve just gotta get on with it as fans & as a club that’s suffered relagation…Feelin’ sorry for w’selfs will achieve nowt!..

    …Some players are gonna leave, for various reasons i.e. money, prestige, their careers, ‘cos they ain’t got what it takes etc. take ya’ pick!..
    …Us lot moanin’ about it will change nowt…Yes, i know it sucks, believe me, IT SUCKS…But, we’re stuck with this skite for at least 1 season, so we had better get over it, get supportin’ the team & see what happens!..

    …Yea, everyone’s entitled to an opinion, so long as we all remember that’s what it is…An opinion!..
    …Just wanna get the season started now & get beyond the transfer window & see who’s nailed their colors to the mast!..

    …Is that ok?..

    …I’m not bein’ sarky btw!..


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