It looks like Newcastle United have not given up on 23 year old right sided midfielder Seb Larsson from Birmingham City.
Seb Larsson – price has gone up
Swedish International Larsson attracted the interest of Newcastle a few weeks ago, but were warned off by Birmingham.
The former Arsenal Academy youngster played well for Birmingham last season, as he was forced to move away from the London club for first team football, as so many of the Arsenal youngsters seem to be, because of the terrific competition for places at the club.
Seb can play on the right side of midfield or in the middle, and therefore seems a fairly flexible player, and he only turned 23 earlier this month, so he fits the profile of the players Mike Ashley wants to bring to the club.
Newcastle had expected to pay around Â£3M for the player and Seb now wants to leave St. Andrews, after Birmingham have dropped into the Championship, and you can hardly blame the player for that.
But Birmingham seemed to have raised the price to around Â£4.5M, according to the Newcastle Journal today, but that should hardly be a show-stopper, and surely Newcastle can negotiate a fair and reasonable price with the Midlands club for the Swede.
The summer transfer market, up to this point, has been very slow, but now the Euro Championships of 2008 are over, with Spain’s great win over Germany last night, and a terrific opportunist goal from the great Fernando Torres, the market is expected to pick up pace this week.
But how many times have we said that this summer?
It looks like Newcastle are also in for impressive Swiss 20 year -old striker, Eren Derdiyok and could well capture both Eren and Seb, before training starts up again next Monday.
That would be a good start for Newcastle in the transfer market, but we still have a lot of transfer business to complete in the summer, if we are to be successful next season.