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Arsenal Target Wants to Speed Up £12m Transfer

Wenger closes in on talented youngster

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The Rumour

Sebastien Bassong says Arsenal have made an approach to sign him, but the French defender blames Newcastle’s uncertain future for blocking his exit from St James’ Park.

The 23-year-old made it clear he wanted to leave following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship and has revealed his frustration after reporting for pre-season training on Tyneside this week.

‘Premier League clubs are interested in me, but nothing is simple because Newcastle are in the middle of a takeover and nobody knows who will be the manager.’

Asked about Arsenal, he said: ‘I can confirm there was an approach, but for now nothing is concrete.

‘Foreign clubs inquired, but as it is my priority to stay in England, I didn’t respond.

‘Obviously, it would be better if things gathered pace, but I’m not worried.’

The Source: (Daily Mail)

The Analysis

Sebastien Bassong was one of the few, if not the only, positive to come out of last season’s disastrous relegation at St James’s Park and for months now Arsenal have been trailing the Newcastle defender and it appears that with each passing day things are growing more and more uncertain at the club.

New owners are apparently just around the corner but the former French Under 21 international understandably craves a return to the Premier League and he would be an ideal signing for Arsene Wenger, and not just because he is of a shared nationality but also because he would help beef up an oddly unbalanced back line.

Bassong is a product of the famed Clairefontaine which produced Arsenal stars Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and William Gallas and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the former Metz man became the next of the production line to move to north London.

The Likelihood

Bassong to Arsenal: A move that will surely happen sooner or later.

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