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Impact to Sign Zorhan Bassong

Young Canadian set to put pen to paper, as announced by TVA Sports’ Vincent Destouches

Zorhan Bassong in the colours of Cercle Bruges

As announced by Vincent Destouches on TVA Sports this evening, Montreal Impact look set to secure the signature of young Canadian international full-back, Zorhan Bassong.

Bassong, 21, has been a free agent since being released by Cercle Bruges earlier this year. The Belgian club, not to be confused with the better known Club Bruges, are the city’s second team and perennial strugglers in Belgium’s First Division A.

Bassong did not make a senior appearance for Cercle whom he joined in January 2019 from France’s Lille OSC, where he made 31 appearances (23 starts) for that club’s second-string over three seasons.

He earned his first full cap for Canada in January, playing in the 4-1 victory over Barbados in Irvine, California and followed that up with an appearance in the 0-1 defeat to Iceland at the same venue five days later.

Bassong whose mother hails from Charlerois (Belgium) and father from Cameroon, was born in Toronto, the family moving shortly after to Longueuil where he played several years with the CS Longueuil club, before heading to Europe in 2013.

While Bassong defaults to being a left-back he is understood to be comfortable with either foot, and is likely to provide coverage for both Mustafa Kizza and Zachary Brault-Guillard in 2021.

Despite having much less experience, his arrival probably helps explain the recently announced departures of Jukka Raitala and Jorge Corrales.