RUMOUR MILL: Watford track Norwich City outcast Seb Bassong
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Norwich City's Championship rivals Watford have been touted with a potential loan move for the Canaries' out-of-favour defender Seb Bassong.
The 28-year-old is yet to feature for Neil Adams since he replaced Chris Hughton at Carrow Road towards the end of last season and Bassong has not been part of the club's first team set-up this campaign.
Adams praised the Cameroon international's attitude after he captained the development squad in last week's 2-0 defeat at Southampton but the Daily Mail claimed over the weekend Bassong could be offered a possible escape route to Vicarage Road.
The Hornets went into the break level on points with Adams' Championship table-toppers but in third place on goal difference after a 1-1 home draw against Brighton. City beat Watford 3-0 in the league in August but former boss Beppe Sannino has since been replaced by Billy McKinlay.
Adams brought in the likes of fellow centre backs Carlos Cuellar, Ignasi Miquel and Jos Hooiveld during the transfer window and, speaking last week after the defender's 90 minute outing at St Mary's, admitted Bassong will not figure in his short term plans.
'I still think he is well off in terms of his fitness, and that is understandable, he would probably tell you that himself, but that is exactly what you want from a senior player. He can be proud of his performance. Whatever game they go out to play in you want them to knuckle down and put in a performance.'
Adams has had numerous discussions with Bassong and his representative over the early weeks of the new season.
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'We've had meetings, in my office and at higher levels. It's not like we don't speak to each other. His agent has been involved as well so we all know where we stand with Seb,' he said. 'I wouldn't rule it out (playing in the first team). He is our player and with his performance the other night that is what I want to see. Can I see him playing again? Never say never. Seb has not been involved to this point, but he needs to train well and he is doing that.'