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After 16 months without a club former £8m Newcastle player joins Peterborough

5 years ago

Peterborough have signed Sebastien Bassong.

The former Newcastle United defender eventually replacing former NUFC teammate Steven Taylor who was put on the transfer list and signed for Wellington Phoenix earlier this year.

Newcastle United signed Bassong back in 2008 for around £1m and he was actually one of the few relative positives of that 2008/09 relegation season.

So much so that along with anybody else who he got an offer for, Mike Ashley sold the centre-back to Tottenham for £8m after relegation (Chris Hughton not allowed to buy a single player that summer).

He later moved for £2.5m from Spurs to Norwich in summer 2012 and then was released five years later.

A bit of a strange one as the 32 year old defender hasn’t had a club for these past 16 months after leaving Carrow Road.

However, he as been on trial at QPR and played in a number of behind closed doors friendlies, leading Peterborough boss Steve Evans to believe Sebastien Bassong can quickly make an impression in the League One promotion race.

Bassong has signed a short-term deal and Peterborough are currently in the second automatic promotion spot, one point ahead of Sunderland.

Steve Evans:

“I am delighted.

“After a week or two talking to Sebastien, we are pleased to able to bring someone of his calibre to this football club.

“His CV is impressive.

“If you are a captain of clubs like Tottenham and Norwich City and play at the highest level at the likes of Watford, you are obviously a major signing for a club like ours.

“I have taken the opportunity to watch Seb recently when he has played for Queens Park Rangers in behind closed door fixtures. He is fit, he is ready to go.

“That was important to us particularly if we were to add to the squad at this stage of the season.

“It was my intention to add to the squad in this area of the pitch, but very selectively, and we are delighted with this signing.

“Enough talking now, the focus now is to get Seb up to speed in the Posh dressing room with the rest of the squad who will welcome him with open arms, and let’s hope he can help us achieve our aims for this football club.”


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