Bassong confirms Arsenal approach

The 22-year-old French-born Cameroonian, who made 30 league appearances for the Magpies, is expected to leave the club during the close-season as the North East giants prepare for life in the Championship following their relegation.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Aston Villa have all been linked with restoring the powerful centre-back to the top-flight of English football.

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