Magpies to hold Bassong talks

French defender heading to Tyneside for talks

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 29/07/08 8:10pm

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Bassong: Impressed during trial

Bassong: Impressed during trial

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Newcastle have reached an agreement with Metz regarding their defender Sebastien Bassong.

The France Under 21 international recently underwent a trial period with the Magpies, featuring in their pre-season friendly defeat at Doncaster.

The Premier League side are understood to have agreed a fee for the 22-year-old, although personal terms are yet to be finalised.

The move is expected to be completed in the next few days, ending Bassong's three-year association with Metz.

The full-back had been linked with Everton earlier in the summer, but Newcastle would appear to have beaten their rivals to the player's signature.

He has made 87 appearances since making his professional bow in 2005 and has scored one goal.

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