Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harry Wants [Pounds Sterling]8m Bassong to Ease Spurs' Injury Crisis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harry Wants [Pounds Sterling]8m Bassong to Ease Spurs' Injury Crisis

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Byline: James Olley

TOTTENHAM are closing in on the [pounds sterling]8million capture of Sebastien Bassong from Newcastle as manager Harry Redknapp looks to solve the club's defensive crisis.

Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate will all miss the start of the season through injury, which increases the pressure on Redknapp to act in the transfer market.

North London rivals Arsenal had explored the possibility of signing Bassong but were quoted an exorbitant price of [pounds sterling]15m earlier this summer.

Although Newcastle remain without a buyer for the club following the Singapore-based Profitable Group's cessation of takeover talks yesterday, the Magpies are prepared to lower their demands for the promising 23-year-old centre-back.

Talks are thought to have reached an advanced stage, with Bassong prepared to accept a weekly wage in the region of [pounds sterling]50,000 to stay in the Premier League.

Redknapp will raise funds for the deal by selling striker Darren Bent, who is in discussions with Sunderland over a [pounds sterling]14m move to the Stadium of Light while also attracting interest from Hull, Stoke and Aston Villa -- who are all prepared to match Tottenham's valuation. …

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