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Bassong signs new deal; Pulis plays down Rhodes link

Norwich City captain Sebastien Bassong has put pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road.

Norwich City captain Sebastien Bassong has put pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road, according to the club’s official website, Canaries.co.uk.

Bassong, who joined Norwich from Tottenaham in a deal worth £5.5 million in August 2012, has started 10 English Premier League matches, including three straight, for the Canaries this season.

“I’m really pleased it is something I have been looking forward to doing, as being team captain I think it is something really important to commit myself even more to the Club,” said Bassong.

“I had a little bad time with my fitness, as people know I missed pre-season and I had a knee injury and an operation, so I needed time to get back to my best and while I wasn’t playing I was working hard on my fitness, so now I feel better and am back on track.”

The Cameroon international, 27, will — in all likelihood — represent Les Lions Indomptables at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

Bassong will lead Norwich against Swansea City on Sunday, 15 December 2013.

Norwich (15/8); Swansea (17/10); Draw (23/10)

Pulis plays down Rhodes link

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has rubbished reports suggesting the club will sign Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes when the transfer window re-opens in January, Sky Sports understands.

Rhodes, 23, has been linked with a number of Premier League sides — most notably Swansea — in recent times.

However, Pulis has insisted the top-flight newcomers cannot afford to bring in the highly-rated Scotland international.

“We’ll get linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry from now until the window closes, I should imagine, but the answer is no. We couldn’t afford Jordan Rhodes,” said Pulis.

“The business that we do will determine what sort of run we can have in the second half of the season.

“There has to be a certain change around, it’s just how much and what we can do in that change around that will determine our season.

“The players have been fantastic, the attitude around the club has been brilliant, but we do need some help and we do need to improve.”

Palace, currently second bottom in the league table, are scheduled to travel to West London to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Blues front-man Fernando Torres is 21/20 to score at anytime, while former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is backed by the bookmakers at 11/2 to find the back of the net for the visitors.

Chelsea to win to nil pays 8/11.

Fri 13 December, 2013
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