Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Sebastien Bassong is training with the Blues in order to improve his overall fitness.
The Cameroon international was released from Norwich City earlier this summer after making over 120 appearances across all competitions for the club.
Redknapp is currently in the hunt for a new central defender but has cooled his interest in Aden Flint after seeing two bids rebuffed by Bristol City. Bassong has previously worked with the 70-year-old at Tottenham Hotspur, and the manager hints that he could be the answer, if he proves his fitness.
“He’s on a free, he’s a good lad and a good player who played for me at Tottenham. He was player of the year at Norwich two years ago and he’s still a very good player in my opinion,” he said. Meanwhile, the west Midlands side have significantly bolstered their full-backs positions with the signings of Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall on season-long loans from Arsenal.
Jenkinson was largely an outsider in the Gunners first-team last season, and he was restricted to just five appearances in all competitions. The Finnish-born right-back had been tipped to join fellow top-flight club Crystal Palace back in January, but the deal was scuppered due to a disagreement over contractual terms.
With jut a year left on his contract, the one-time England international was expected to leave the Emirates on a permanent basis, but the Gunners have instead loaned him out to St. Andrew’s for the campaign. Bramall, on the other hand, enjoyed his first action under Arsene Wenger during their pre-season tour of Australia and China after which he made his home debut in the Emirates Cup.The former Hednesford Town man has made huge strides in a short time to join the Gunners, but he will now have the chance to prove his credentials via a loan stint in the Championship.