It's a transfer that shouldn't come as a shock to any Tottenham Hotspur supporter. It is not, however, one of the moves Spurs fans are hoping get done before August 31.
Tottenham announced via the club's official website on Tuesday morning ET that they have agreed to terms on the transfer of defender Sebastien Bassong to Norwich City. Exact details of that deal were not disclosed as of the posting of this piece. Bassong joined Spurs from Newcastle United for a reported £8m fee three years ago, and he made 72 total appearances while with the club. Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp favored several others over Bassong, however, and the defender spent the second part of the 2011-12 Premier League campaign at Wolves on a loan. With former Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen joining Spurs in July, new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas currently has his choice of CBs. Bassong was reportedly low on AVB's list, and his exit from White Hart Lane had been heavily rumored since July.
Norwich could certainly use the defending boost. They were routed 5-0 at Fulham on Premier League opening weekend. That loss looks even worse on paper when you remember that Fulham were without wantaway American star Clint Dempsey on Saturday. Bassong joins Norwich on a three-year deal.
The 26-year old Bassong will likely not be the last player to leave Spurs this month. Luka Modric joining Real Madrid seems to be a deal that will be completed once the two sides come to terms on "bonus money" that Spurs will receive for the play-making midfielder. The futures of Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone are also very much so in doubt.
The Daily Mail is reporting that QPR are set to bid £7m for the 28-year old Dawson. Dawson has dealt with multiple injury woes in recent history, and it's been reported that Villas-Boas prefers Vertonghen, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Steven Caulker over Dawson. Huddlestone is on the mend from what was a serious ankle injury, and he may be set to join Stoke City on a loan that could land him back at Spurs in January.
It's no secret that chairman Daniel Levy and AVB are looking to free up funds quickly in order to spend money on a top class striker, perhaps Emmanuel Adebayor (Adebayor spent all of last season with Spurs on loan from Manchester City), and to also sign a replacement for the departing Modric. Villas-Boas is also reportedly interested in acquiring 18-year old Pescara defender Marco Perrotta. With Niko Kranjcar, Vedran Corluka, Louis Saha and Steven Pienaar all with new clubs, and Ledley King forced to retire, many Spurs supporters posting on social networking websites and fan forums are getting a bit anxious about Levy completing all necessary business before next Friday comes to an end.
It just wouldn't be Spurs, though, if they didn't leave fans biting their nails until August 31.
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