“When we played Newcastle last year I spoke to Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer after the game and they spoke about the team, they were in desperate trouble,” Redknapp said.
“Iain said if they didn’t stay at the club and one player did become available, Sebastien was the player to take. They couldn’t have recommended him any higher.
“Alan as well. He said ‘if I stay at the club there is no way he’ll ever leave’. Alan didn’t get the job and he (Bassong) was the first person we went for. He’s a young player with a fantastic future.”
If these accusations are true, it would be slightly strange that Dowie was encouraging Harry to sign up last season’s ‘Player of the Year’ when all Shearer’s statements indicated that he was a player who should be kept if at all possible. Shearer and Dowie are yet to respond.
Meanwhile, it appears that the young Cameroonian Centre-Back will probably make his debut against Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Previously, there was confusion as to whether Bassong would be able to play, due to a suspension picked up against Fulham in the penultimate game of last season. However, the FA, presided over by avid ‘Spurs fan, Lord Triesman, have decided to rule in favour of the North London club. They ruled that Newcastle’s first game of the Championship season counted in the original three match ban.