One of our Swedish readers Erik, has alerted us that Newcastle have submitted a Â£4.3M bid for 23 year-old Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson, which is being reported in Sweden.
Sebastian Larsson – played for Birmingham last two seasons
One of Sweden’s biggest football sites, fotbollskanalen.se, is reporting that Newcastle United have bid 50 million Swedish Kronor (about Â£4.3M) for Birmingham City’s midfield star Sebastian Larsson.
Larsson just turned 23 last Friday, and Larsson’s agent has confirmed that he has been in contact with Newcastle.
We are also hearing the news is on Swedish TV, and that Birmingham want to wait until after Euro 2008 is over, but Newcastle are pressing for a deal now.
The TV reports say that Larssons’ agent and Newcastle representatives have already been in discussions. We would suppose that would be Dennis Wise, but there is also news on Swedish TV that Keegan has also been in on the discussions.
There is also news that Larsson himself has spoken in glowing terms of Newcastle United, as a club, so that’s good news.
Larsson has played 78 times for Birmingham in the last two years, scoring 10 goals and has played 12 times for the Sweden Under-21 side.
Larsson received his first call-up to the full Sweden squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying games against Liechtenstein and Northern Ireland, in October 2007.
He finally made his debut for Sweden in February of this year, playing the full 90 minutes in a friendly against Turkey in Istanbul .
Sebastian was named in Sweden’s 23-man squad for the 2008 European Championships.
He has represented his country 4 times so far and of course Sweden will play Greece tomorrow evening in their first game of Euro 2008, where we expect he will be a substitute.
It’s not clear to us if Birmingham have rejected the bid, but that wouldn’t surprise us if they did, almost as a knee jerk reaction, hoping to get a better price for their player.
Some background on Larsson:
Larsson, who is 5′ 10″ tall, joined the Arsenal Academy when he was just 16 years old from Sweden’s Eskilstuna City FK, his home town club.
A regular member of the Arsenal Under-19 team in 2003/2004, Sebastian Larsson played some games for the Arsenal Reserve side in 2004/2005.
Larsson played three times for the full Arsenal side in the Carling Cup during 2004/2005, and made a further nine appearances in the 2005/2006 season.
In August 2006, Sebastian moved to Birmingham City on a season-long loan and the switch proved to be the making of the youngster.