Sebastien Bassong is a graduate of the Clairefontaine youth academy, which has produced the likes of Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, William Gallas and Louis Saha.

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The Cameroon international started his career at FC Metz, making 79 appearances over three seasons before moving to Newcastle United - where Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was part of the coaching staff - in July 2008.

The defender was named the club’s player of the season for the 2008–09 season but couldn’t prevent the club from being relegated from the Premier League.

Following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship, Bassong moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £8m in August 2009 on a five-year deal.

His debut for the north london club was a memorable one - scoring the winner in 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

Bassong was a regular in the Spurs side that finished fourth in the 2009-10 season, qualifying for the Champions League.

The six foot, two inches defender scored Tottenham Hotspur’s first ever Champions League goal in a 3-2 defeat to Young Boys of Berne.

The 26-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers but could not prevent them from being relegated from the Premier League.

Bassong played as a defensive midfielder for the French under 21 national team, playing in two matches against the Netherlands and Japan in the summer of 2007 before being called up to the Cameroon national team for their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

He was selected for the 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa alongside Tottenham teammate Benoît Assou-Ekotto and wears the number 5 shirt - currently vacant at Norwich City - for Cameroon.

• PROFILE

• Position: Defender

• Born: Paris, France (9 July, 1986)

• Height: 6ft, 2in.

• Weight: 11st, 4lbs.

• Former clubs: FC Metz, Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves (loan)

• International honours: Cameroon (15 caps, 0 goals)

• Career:

FC Metz (2005-08): 79 starts, 1 goal.

Newcastle (2008-09): 30 starts, plus 4 as sub, 0 goals.

Tottenham (2009-12): 59 starts, plus 13 as sub, 3 goals.

Wolves (loan 2012): 9 starts, 0 goals.

• Total: 177 starts, plus 17 as sub, 4 goals.

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8 comments

  • Can`t blame it all on him richard! He had a great season at Spurs when they finished 4th. He was only in the reckoning `cos of injuries and he was a great success. Spurs can buy plenty of players and Bassong got pushed down the pecking order. He was only on loan for second part of last season @ Wolves. I think they were just about dead in the water by then, judging by Mick McCarthy`s demeanour. Give him a chance!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Could it be that the story about Chris Houghton is in the news section and has been pasted over to sport, and this message board is sport and not news , and the website creators have not catered for crossover comments.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Has anyone else noticed that we can post a comment on this page but not on Chris Hughton's motoring offence story? Let us hope he is more diligent and less forgetful about who does what in his football team.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Hmmm, couldn't prevent Newcastle being relegated... Couldn't prevent Wolves being relegated... Third time luck then we all hope???

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I still think we need another quality striker, despite having five on the books.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • So that was who the No.5 shirt was kept back for?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Just pressed send once, yet it is repeated. ( I thought it wouldn't even appear once! ) In the words of St Mario, "Why always me", Mario Chapter 3 verse 16.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Has anyone else noticed that we can post a comment on this page but not on Chris Hughton's motoring offence story? Let us hope he is more diligent and less forgetful about who does what in his football team.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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