Harry set to welcome in Championship bound Frenchman.
Sebastien Bassong’s Newcastle exit appears to have moved closer after he was fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to travel to Sunday’s friendly at Dundee United – and it emerged he wants to play under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.
Fined: Sebastien Bassong wants to leave Newcastle – and join Tottenham
The French-born Cameroonian, 23, is understood to be leaning towards a move to Spurs rather than the riches of Manchester City.
His agent, Chris Hentoray, is planning talks this week with both clubs, plus Aston Villa and Everton, as Bassong plots his St James’s Park escape route in the wake of relegation.
Newcastle have disciplined the defender for his non-appearance in the 1-1 draw at Tannadice, though the punishment – around £12,000 – is small change compared to the salaries of some of his more established teammates.
A Newcastle source said: ‘As far as the club is concerned, he is under contract with Newcastle United. And if he fails to turn up for a game, then the necessary action must be taken.’
The Source: (Daily Mail)
For some time now it had seemed that Arsene Wenger would snap up Newcastle United‘s young Frenchman but the Arsenal boss appears to be looking elsewhere now and more likely to beef up his club’s attack rather than spending more on his defence after already signing Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax.
Harry Redknapp has some severe problems trying to get a fit back four together for the opening Premier League fixtures with Jonathan Woodgate, Ledley Kind and Michael Dawson all set to miss the Premier League kick off.
The Newcastle defender appears to be favouring a move to White Hart Lane over the likes of Everton and Aston Villa and he may be wise to think past the big cash pay off at Man City as Tottenham appear to be a team on the up and with a steady customer like Bassong in his back line Redknapp could be a good bet to be pushing his north London side towards the top four.
Bassong to Tottenham: I predict this will indeed be a deal completed in the next few days.