Thursday, 25 June 2009

Going For Bassong

You may say I'm getting lazy, I'd say I'm getting industrious.

Yes this is another one of those posts where I force feed you some of my Goal.com writing and make little effort to disguise it as an original blog.

I only do it 'cos I care so much. Really. I don't want you to miss out on the buzz around SJP so here it is, and as you may have guessed it is revolving around Seb Bassong's imminent departure.

Reports suggest Tottenham are heading up the chase for the defender we have valued at £15 million, so here's the full story.

Tottenham Head Chase For Newcastle's Sebastien Bassong

Tottenham Hotspur are in pole position to complete the signing of Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong, according to reports on Tyneside today.

The French centre-back was almost the sole highlight of Newcastle's disastrous Premier League campaign which eventually ended in relegation.

The 22-year-old signed for the Magpies for just £500,000 last summer and won the player of the season award at the Tyneside club, becoming a fans' favourite in the process.

His success was particularly highlighted as £10 million-man Fabricio Coloccini struggled to assert his presence in the Newcastle defence.

Bassong has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs but reports in The Newcastle Evening Chronicle suggest Tottenham are the current front-runners.

Whilst Bassong has admitted he has held talks with two Premier League clubs it is believed Tottenham are the only club willing to match the Magpies' asking price.

Reports suggest that Alan Shearer informed club officials to demand £15m for the Frenchman, a price tag that has turned away Arsenal and is unrealistic for North East rivals Sunderland.

However Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is apparently willing to meet the price, but may try to negotiate a part-exchange deal involving one or two fringe players at White Hart Lane.

Written For Goal.com --- June 2009

If I were to have a guess I would've thought the players that could come towards us would be Chris Gunter and one from Giovanni Dos Santos or Adel Taraabt.

Both Dos Santos and Taraabt, have had loan spells away from White Hart Lane and seem set to leave one way or another. They would most likely jump at the chance to play regular first team football and (hopefully) be back in the Premier League in a season.

Not bad, and if we pocket somewhere in the region of £8 million as well it would be one of the best bits of business we're likely to do.

However if I were dreaming the players would be Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale, with Tayls and Habib we genuinely would have the strongest defence in the league.

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