Tottenham have completed the signing of Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong for a fee believed to be worth around £8m. The 23-year-old passed a medical at White Hart Lane yesterday and agreed personal terms without too much delay.

Bassong looking like the Newcastle supporters feel.

Spurs have been keen to bring in a defender all summer after injuries to Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. Having weighed up his options, Harry Redknapp decided to make a move for Bassong who was relegated with Newcastle last season.

The centre-back is banned for the first match of the campaign after being sent-off in the penultimate game of last season, but should make his debut at Hull on the 19th August.

Speaking about the type of player he has signed in Bassong, Redknapp said that he is ‘young with a good future’ and someone that can fill the void left by the constantly injured King who the Tottenham boss admits ‘has not trained as usual’.

Bassong certainly built a decent reputation for himself at St James’ Park and it was always going to be a safe football bet he would leave the club following their relegation to the Championship. Now that he has joined an ambitious Premier League club, he will look to enhance this reputation even further.

As for Tottenham, well they are adding quality to a squad that already has plenty of potential. Bassong has joined Peter Crouch as a high-profile new arrival this summer and in Redknapp’s first full season in charge, they will be hoping to get off to a much better start than they have done in the last couple of seasons.

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