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FC Shalke Interest For €10M Rated Spurs Defender

It’s a fickle business is football, one minute you’re flavour of the month, the next you’re out on your ear and so it looks like proving for Tottenham’s Cameroonian centre-back Sebastien Bassong.

After an impressive debut season in 2009/10, Bassong has slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and it looks like the 24-year-old will be moving on in the summer to find a first-team place elsewhere.

Champions League quarter-finalists, Schalke 04 are reportedly interested in taking the frustrated defender to Germany during the next transfer window in order to improve a squad which has underachieved massively domestically this season.

After finishing in an impressive 2nd place last term, Schalke are currently struggling in 10th in the Bundesliga, 10 points from the Europa League positions and 14 points from the Champions League spots. Now it seems that Die Königsblauen are preparing an €8million bid for the centre-back, which Spurs are believed to be willing to consider.

Bassong arrived at Tottenham from Newcastle for £8million in the summer of 2009 and made a great start at Spurs, with the winning header in a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the Lane on the opening day of the 2009/10 season. The former Metz man went on to make 41 appearances in all competitions, as Spurs had their best season for 20 years, finishing 4th in the Premier League.

This season though Bassong has fallen out of favour somewhat and has only featured intermittently, with Michael Dawson and William Gallas being the preferred centre-back partnership when fit; Redknapp preferring the experience of the Englishman and the former Arsenal and Chelsea man.

It’s possible Bassong will be interested in a move to Schalke, after all, despite a poor season this year, they did finish 2nd last season, they are going well in the Champions League and have a good squad. But Schalke have conceded less goals than all of the other teams above them in the league, except leaders Dortmund, so their problems lie in scoring goals, not preventing them; as such, it seems probable that should Bassong go to Gelsenkirchen, he would have the same problem he has at White Hart Lane: a struggle to get into the first team.

Personally, I believe Spurs should try and hang on to the Cameroonian, he is still only 24 and with Woodgate and King almost permanently injured and Gallas reaching 34 in the summer, Bassong is a good defender to have in the squad, to call on when necessary.

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