Bassong agrees Norwich City move

Updated: August 22, 2012

Norwich City have signed Tottenham Hotspur defender Sebastien Bassong on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Bassong, 26, moved to White Hart Lane in 2009 for £8 million but has only made 33 league starts for the club in three season with Spurs.

The Cameroon international moved to Wolves on loan in last seasons January transfer window. Norwich manager Chris Hughton said: “He will give us power and pace at the back and add to the competition in the squad.”

Hughton has first hand experience of working with Bassong when he joined Newcastle from FC Metz in 2008. Bassong said that he was excited by the prospect of working with the former Birmingham City manager and that Hughton was a significant factor in his decision to move to Carrow Road.

“He was the first man to give me a training session in England when I came from France,” said Bassong. He knows me really well and so I am very happy to work for him again. This is a really good thing for me to join this club and I am looking forward to playing for the team.”

Bassong graduated from the Clairefontaine national youth academy in France and began his career with FC Metz before moving to Newcastle for £500,000. Despite being French born, he has accrued 15 caps for Cameroon. He joined Spurs in 2009 making 45 Premier League appearances for the north London club in his three seasons at White Hart Lane.

Hughton added, “Sebastien is a player that I have known well since my time at Newcastle and I’m delighted to have brought in someone with the Premier League experience he has got.”
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