According to London Football News last week, Sebastien Bassong continued his training with Queens Park Rangers but the West London club are not looking to sign him permanently and as such, Aston Villa should make a move for the 32-year-old.
Bassong has been without a club since the summer of 2017 and his last professional game came in March that year for his former club Norwich.
London Football News report that QPR are insisting that the former Tottenham and Newcastle defender is with their U23 side simply to gain fitness, and that he won’t be signing for Steve McClaren’s first team, which opens the door for other clubs to swoop.
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The former Cameroon international scored for the U23’s squad in the R’s 5-0 thumping of Crystal Palace’s youth side at their Harlington training ground last week, and could still do a job in the Championship.
Throughout the summer, Aston Villa were linked with a number of centre-backs who were free-agents. Most notably, John Terry was rumoured to be close to a return to Villa Park but a report in the Birmingham Mail recently reported that the expensive loan move for Yannick Bolasie meant Terry’s wages could not be paid.
Recently, Steve Bruce has been playing defensive midfielder Mile Jedinak at centre-back with James Chester, but the Villans have conceded 14 goals in just nine Championship games and Manchester United loanee Axel Tuanzebe is the only other recognised central defender at the club.
A move for Bassong then, who would be on extremely low wages after his year out, could make sense for boss Steve Bruce as he struggles to match the heights of last season where his side reached the play-off final, losing out to Fulham 1-0.
So, Villa fans, would you like to see Bruce sign Bassong to combat the defensive crisis? Have your say by voting in the poll below.