Tottenham Hotspur’s Sebastien Bassong signs for Norwich City

Sebastien Bassong has signed a three-year deal with Norwich City. Sebastien Bassong has signed a three-year deal with Norwich City.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
9:32 AM

Tottenham Hotspur defender Sebastien Bassong has joined Norwich City.

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The Cameroon international first played in the Premier League with Newcastle United where he was was named the club’s player of the season for the 2008–09 season.

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

Bassong was a regular in the Spurs side that finished fourth in the 2009-10 season and scored the club’s first ever Champions League goal the following season.

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.

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  • Great signing for us. I disagree with most posts though, with Grant, Morison, Vaighan, Jackson and maybe Martin, we have some pretty decent strikers (As our goals for column proved last year). All strikers need good quality service, this stems from a good defense that can play the ball out, to the midfield and then the midfield can provide the service. if the defense is overwhelmed and leaking, this leads to hopeful hoofs up front, and the ball just keeps coming back. If we hold the ball as we know we can, the service and the goals will come. One signing and i have faith once again

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Would love to see pacheco back at the club brewer. Bassong is a promising signing though. Let's hope there is some money in the kitty for that striker!

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    you'l never beat the kenton

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Don't forget Super Chrissy Martin, Prince of Waveney! Reckon we're set up front. Defence-wise, however, I fear these Turners and Bassongs and Garridos are here as mercenaries - naive, in the premier league, to expect any different... hopefully there's enough residue of the old team spirit that got us here to rub off on the new boys 'cause they gotta gel sooner rather than later...

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I cannot believe this reported signing is being met with what appears to me to be, at best, indifference. This is an amazing signing for Norwich. That 09'10 season for Spurs, he wasn't meant to be one of their main two but injuries meant he played most of the season - he was awesome for them. He's the right age to be near his peak, he's big, he's quick. This guy is easily a cut above any of our current back 4. If this is true, this is the best signing we've made since a certain Mr Holt was captured for c.£400k 3 years ago. After the horrible showing on Saturday, I have finally got a little bit of optimism back due to this. As an aside, I hereby state my intention to never see Norwich's first game of the season again. The last time I saw their first game of the season was 3 years ago (7-1 reverse at home), gave up for a couple of seasons and then went to see Fulham on Saturday...maybe it was somehow my fault...fear not though, I will stay away from here on in. Hopefully the response to Fulham result will be the same as the response to the Colchester one. Might even end this season as champions!

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • For those asking about Pacheco, it would be brilliant to have him back at Norwich. As a supporter of both liverpool and Norwich though (Liverpool fan since age of ten, and now Norwich City season ticket holder for four years) I can say that inexplicably Pacheco is not in Rodger's plans. He was dropped for pre season friendlies and is currently in Spain trying to find a club.

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    norwichred

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I agree another striker because I fear (and I hope I am wrong) that the Premier League have got Grant Holt sussed and that we have seen the best of him.

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    Albert Horton

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Bassong will be a great signing.Time to forward OTBC

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    frammy

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • At last, Norwich sign a foreign player 9 more needed

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    billythebookie

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Great signing...strong, fast and experienced defender. We do need another striker as I fear Holt's passed his sell buy date...looked slow and unfit at Fulham. We don't need another goalie, that's for sure.

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    Lastsongster

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Agreed...though he is probably over 30...as it is the norm to reduce one's age in West African football.

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    NrflkM

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I think it's a good signing, but seems strange we have loaned out Ayala only to buy another centre half. Hopefully Bassong is better than Ayala and doesn't turn out to be another 'Barney'.

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • This is a real quality signing!! Yes he was part of 2 teams that got relegated but he has also been one of Spurs' best defenders. Relegation, as with all aspects of football, is a team effort (or lack of!) and so to single one player out is not fair. Lots of PL experience and I think he will do well.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Could not be happier with this signing!! Just what NCFC fans have been screaming for, even under the rose tinted reign of our previous leader. Amazing how the whingers have found fault. Same 'fans' that were all over PL's back last year when form dipped. I'd love a striker too, but have to be realistic. I think Vaughan has to go for the money to be available. Or maybe he could just stay and start knocking them in! Today is a good day. OTBC!!

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    VancouverCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Hoping I'm wrong, but i much preferred the Lambert method of giving lower league players a break, and seeing them flourish. I suspect Snod n ChipButtyField (see what I did there?) were set up by the old manager....its liek Hughton has come in and thought 'hmm...what we're lacking is experience'...and at tmies last season we did need that. Slightly concerned but hoping Chris H can get the best out of Garrido, Turner and Bassong.......OTBC!

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    benrio

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Ta for that info, norwichred. So Brendan doesn`t want Dani either, perhaps it`s time to go home to Spain? I liked the cut of his jib; quick, clever & skilful. Ticks all the wrong boxes? I really would like to see what Vaughan can do. Please, Hoots! :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Is it me or does this guy keep getting relegated?

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    JMH

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I think that Bassong was relegated with Newcastle and Wolves... Turner had one good season (or half a season really) with Hull and since then hasn't really impressed. Whittaker has only ever played in Scotland, which is nowhere near the same standard. I'm not normally one to criticise but I don't think that these are the sort of players that we need - definitely not the sort who would stick around if we went down, so not likely to bust a gut to keep us up.

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    soulwaxer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I'm with Putney and a few others. A good signing and just what we need after recent shambles, to show intent to both players and fans. As many will know from my recent posts, I'd love to see more attacking options. No doubt in my mind that Hughton builds from the back whereas Lambert saw attack as the best form of defence - it will be a different season. We need a massive response against QPR.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Not a favoured word in my lexicon, VC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Mad Brewer - maybe it is for you :) Garrido (LB), Bassong & Benno (CB's), Martin (RB). OTBC!

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    VancouverCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Lovely, now all we need is another striker and maybe Naughton and I think people will be happy bunnies.

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • When Pacheco turned up for Drury's testimonial I hoped he would be signing for NCFC but then a name we will not mention walked.Would set the Barcley alight so please Mr McN get on the case.

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    Sherbert

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Great post 'PutneyCanary', interesting, accurate, well researched. Easy to read too!!!

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Hey, NrflkM, what happened to you?

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I've bleated on about my concerns with our defence and the fact that I feel it's not as strong as last seasons. I've also moaned that I haven't been wowed by our signings so far, other than pleased to see Snodgrass. Now I've got a smile on my face - this is more like it. Forget about his relegations - Wolves doesn't really count, remember they had a management meltdown and he was only there for a short while. Besides, between the two relegation sides he had a great season (plus) with Spurs. This guy ticks the right boxes, I can see him putting confidence back into the side. I'm not worried about our attacking quality as long as we adopt the right tactics - if we get a new attacker fine, as long as they're very special, personally I'd still like to see another impressive defensive signing like this one. OTBC

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    aeleven

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • More impressed with this signing than the one of Turner. My only concern is that we are asking him and possibly Garrido to go straight into the team and gel straight away with the rest of the defence which could be a recipe for disaster. This is what pre season is for not the first month of the season. On the plus side its not Mark Bunn

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    ads76

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I hope you`re wrong there, Albert! Holt tends to start a bit slowly after a Summer of carefree nosebagging. Playing him as a lone striker does not work; he needs a nippy associate. We have Vaughan & Cinnamon but are they good enough? I wonder if little Dani Pacheco is available.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Don't forget Super Chrissy Martin, Prince of Waveney! Reckon we're set up front. Defence-wise, however, I fear these Turners and Bassongs and Garridos are here as mercenaries - naive, in the premier league, to expect any different... hopefully there's enough residue of the old team spirit that got us here to rub off on the new boys 'cause they gotta gel sooner rather than later...

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Wiki says he is French-born, so age is probably correct! Does anybody else find these banner adverts jumping out all the time a b****y nuisance? I`m getting sea-sick attemting to turn back the tide of uncontrollable scrolling that goes on and I keep missing my click! We already have trolls, now we`ve got scrolls.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Could not be happier with this signing!! Just what NCFC fans have been screaming for, even under the rose tinted reign of our previous leader. Amazing how the whingers have found fault. Same 'fans' that were all over PL's back last year when form dipped. I'd love a striker too, but have to be realistic. I think Vaughan has to go for the money to be available. Or maybe he could just stay and start knocking them in! Today is a good day. OTBC!!

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    VancouverCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • With all the talk of Vaughan possibly going elsewhere to ply his trade, nobody has mentioned it but Jordan Rhodes was not injured nor in the Huddersfield squad for their first game! Who knows!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • NrflkM - he was born in France you fool.

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    DT

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Is "whinger" a synonym for "somebody who dares to disagree with me"? We cannot write off the possibility of Jordan heading down the Rhode with Pitbull as a part-exchange, I suppose? But it`s all conjecture. I like Vaughan, he could do the biz. CB pairing? Bassong by Big Benno.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • benrio, if Snods & Cushie Butterfield were "set up" by PL, I`d imagine there was plenty of opportunity for Hoots to set it back down again if he wanted to! Good old local song that, Cushie Butterfield. Geordie, I think. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Good that Hughton knows Mr Bassong, from his days in the notth-east - that has to be a positive. On a non-related matter, anyone else noticed the number of players we have on our books, who have, within the last 45 years picked up their respective club's, Best Player of the Season Award. Sure that means little now, but it does provide an echo???

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Lets hope he turn out to be a better signing than Turner appeared to be last Saturday

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • kenton, I doubt if there`s enough left in the kitty for Pacheco even if he were available. Maybe a loan deal? He may be Brendan Rodgers` sort of player, though. Carroll certainly seems not to be! soulwaxer has touched on my innermost worries, specially ref players out of Scotland`s Two-horse race system....now a one-horse race.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Btw, loved Putney`s article. Pity you`re not on the EDP staff, Puts! My last "first" home game was v Watford. We lost that, too! I still have nightmares about the Colchester one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Could not be happier with this signing!! Just what NCFC fans have been screaming for, even under the rose tinted reign of our previous leader. Amazing how the whingers have found fault. Same 'fans' that were all over PL's back last year when form dipped. I'd love a striker too, but have to be realistic. I think Vaughan has to go for the money to be available. Or maybe he could just stay and start knocking them in! Today is a good day. OTBC!!

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    VancouverCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Plan B Bassong good signing, and who do we pair him with at centre back.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I wonder what the price-tag is? Spurs paid £8million 3 years ago. Big lad, presumably primarily a central defender\sometimes full-back?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • PS. Wish we could have Jermain Defoe!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • OK....we seem to have got a better centre half than Turner proved to be last weekend......BUT....Mr McNally...WHERE IS THE STRIKER WE SO DESPERATELY NEED????????????????????????????????

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • So rattled by it I`m missing my "P"s. Be "Q"s next. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Naughton has just signed a new deal with Spurs so won't be returning.....however for me the missing link is another target man. I think its a logical progression for CH to recruit players with prem experience....we just need them to be hungry for it as the team were last year

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    carrow77

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Anyone seen the Daily Mail article on this? Talk about negative reporting...leads with the headine "Will that plug the leak? Norwich sign twice relegated Bassong from Spurs". Incredible - I bet if Swansea made this signing it would read "Swans sign ball-playing defender with Champions League experience"...! Anyway, now that's off my chest...interesting that we reportedly beat QPR and West Ham to him...

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Yes, I think bassong is a good signing, but I do agree with several others, that we do need a really decent striker to help Holt out, otherwise we will struggle to score goals, & this then puts the pressure on the defence.

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    Paul Mark

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I just don't see a striker being signed...CH pretty much said as much recently (although, I guess another couple of toothless performances between now and 1 Sept may change that). I would really love to see Vaughan get a go against QPR. Not sure why CH doesn't appear to rate him - there have been various rumours about him going off elsewhere...persistent rumours such as this are often based in some sort of reality? Surely if Vaughan does go, we would need another striker...perhaps CH has one in mind but wants to get rid of Vaughan first or as part of the deal? Who knows...but either way, I think there is probably enough left in the kitty for one or two more between now and 1 Sept...interesting times!

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Get real folks - live in the real world. Norwich City FC, does not belong in a Mills & Boon novel. This talk of 'mercenaries' and team spirit. Try to see matters more surgically, more business-like. Above all, stop kidding yourself. Players, managers, the board - ALL - come and go, only loyal supporters remain with longevity.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Top top signing. Bassong instead of Turner on Saturday please, and Garrido ahead of Tierney.

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    DT

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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