Sebastien Bassong has revealed he could leave Tottenham during the January transfer window in a bid to secure first team football. French clubs Lille and Lyon are reportedly interested in rescuing the defender, according to France Football.
The 25-year-old has fallen out-of-favour with Harry Redknapp this season making just 1 solitary Premier League start for the Spurs boss after dropping down the pecking order behind the likes of William Gallas, Ledley King and Younis Kaboul. Bassong is eager to play first-team football and has confirmed he could leave White Hart Lane in the January transfer window.
The former Newcastle United centre-back also revealed Redknapp is aware of his need for first-team football and understands the situation he finds himself in.
“Whether I stay or go, we must find a solution. I need to play,” Bassong told French tabloid L’Equipe.
“The manager and the chairman, they understand my position. But football is business.”
The Cameroon International was poised to leave Tottenham for QPR on the final day of the summer transfer window but his move across London collapsed when Spurs failed to bring in Gary Cahill who at the time was playing for Bolton Wanderers.
Ligue 1 clubs, Lille and Lyon, have reportedly kept tabs on Bassong’s current situation. Lille have been searching desperately to find a replacement for their Montenegrin defender Marko Basa who is sidelined for at least 3 months. Basa has undergone surgery on a previous shoulder injury which he aggravated last Wednesday in Lille’s fixture with Lyon.
Lille coach Rudi Garcia had been hoping to bring in Bordeaux’s 27-year-old defender Michael Ciani who is also out-of-favour with his club, but Lille received a negative response from their French counterparts. Garcia now appears to have turned his sights to securing a possible loan deal for Bassong until the end of the season with a view to a permanent switch. However, Redknapp is supposedly not too keen on the idea.
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