Are Newcastle Still After Seb Larsson?


Setanta Sports is reporting today, that Seb Larsson’s agent has said that Newcastle United are the only club that has bid so far for the Birmingham midfielder.

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Seb Larsson – he will know that Newcastle have made a bid

It’s interesting that Sebastian’s agent has refuted recent speculation linking the Birmingham midfielder with a move to either Blackburn Rovers Wigan Athletic.

His agent Per Jonsson confirmed today that the only Premier League side to have made an offer for the Swedish international are the Newcastle club, although there is also some interest from abroad.

However, Larsson’s preference is to remain in England, and we’re fairly sure that Seb would love to move to Newcastle, so what’s the holdup?

Seb is a right-sided or central midfielder and since we have just signed Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez, maybe we will pass Seb over.

But it does look like the Swede is flexible, and he’s even filled in at full back, so we think he would become a good squad player.

But we’re not sure that’s what Kevin is after in the summer.

Per Jonsson told setantasports.com today:

“I have seen [the Blackburn link] in the English newspapers but I know nothing about that,”

“There are a lot of rumors at this time of year – the Wigan story is the same.”

“The only offer I know of is from Newcastle United, but I haven’t heard from them in the last week.”

“There is interest from abroad as well but Sebastian wants to stay in England.”

“It is still early in the window – we could know more at the end of July.”

Whether Newcastle sign Seb is probably dependent on what other good central midfielders we can attract to the club this summer.

One good one we believe we could be after is Argentine Pablo Aimar, who would seem to jump at the chance to join the Magpies.

But it seems he’s almost on his way to Benfica, and it looks odds on that Steve Sidwell will sign for Aston Villa, probably as early as tomorrow.

The only way we would probably now sign Larsson is if we were willing to let James Milner leave, but that makes no sense to us.

We’ve put in a bid, but for Birmingham the bid was too low, but now that Larsson knows of Newcastle’s interest, he would hardly be happy if Birmingham refused to sell him, and it’s never worthwhile keeping an unhappy player.

Right now the Midlands club want to get as much as they can for the player, and you can hardly blame them for that, especially when they don’t want to sell the player in the first place.

What do you think about Seb Larsson?

Let us know – comments welcome – but please keep them civil – thanks.



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232 comments so far

  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    do feel he would be a decent signing!!

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  • natedawg

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #2

    think he would be better than geremi on the right in our 4 3 3 formation

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Larsson is far better in the centre according to brummies.

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  • iceman

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #4

    he would be great at the toon and not expensive,but whats the hold up why are we dragging our feet

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Good attacking midfielder with an eye for a killer pass. I’d take him but not at the expense of Milner.

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  • kizza

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #6

    lets get him, i would take anyone good as long as we can get them in pre-season now.

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  • Nick C

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I think he looks a great player. And like TT, I would see him more in the centre of the park.

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  • dcbashore

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t think he should be the centerpiece signing in the midfield, but I do think he would be a good acquisition for the club.

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  • Nick C

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    However, I reckon all of our signings might be dropped on us like the Jonas one and everything else is media hype. Waiting is doing me napper in…

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  • harrier

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I think we are after priority one targets, and him and others such as aimar (and digard) are/were level 2 targets for if/when the level 1 targets don’t come off. My guess is that we have our ducks lined up such that when we know for sure which of our better targets we can’t get, we can swoop quick for the others. This is just my opinion.

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  • Kash3

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #11

    I think he’s a very good player and for £4.5m its a good buy.

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  • GraemeR

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #12

    We seem to be missing out on a whole host of one time targets – Sidwell, Aimir and co – and we are down to 14 full time first teamers. I really feel its going to be long fruitless season unless we start to see some names (and first teamers not youngsters that may make the grade in a couple of years).

    If the hold up is for MA to sell then he needs to move on quickly if not he needs to get some players in quick. As for Larrson – he would be an excellent aquisition.

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  • JR Lutterbach Habib

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh, if he costs just 4,5M, it will be certainly a great buy for the club.

    Seb can play in several positions, and do it very well.

    And uh, I think Birmingham City doesn’t have any chance to keep that player.

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  • natedawg

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #14

    one player i like and think would be good for us , noble at west ham, i no we aint been linked but sound like our type of player

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Noble will never come, West Ham through and through, if he leaves it would be for a top 4 club.

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  • furrygiblets

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope so Ed, i think he’d be a fantastic bargain

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  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #17

    A very good buy and can take our freekicks for us!

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  • JR Lutterbach Habib

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed, it’s time to update the ”Newcastle United Structure”

    Just to change Chris Mort to Derek Llambias. 🙂

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  • natedawg

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #19

    yeah but that is the type of player i reckon we will get , i really doubt we will sign anyone we have been linked with, wa do you think of koumas aint lived up to exspectations but could shine under kk

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Larsson is really good. my mate is a mega bluenose all her life, she even played for birmingham ladies for 10 years – she says larsson is just about the best player they have ever had. He does seem good. We wont sign him though cos of us trying again to drill the price down so its so low we dont get anthor target. we have put an offer in but its well low. We need to up it and get this kid in. Christ, less tham five million and still young, what the hell is our clubs problem with signing players?????

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Ho’way Seb, let’s have ya’!..
    …Good buy for the price range!..

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  • SwedeEric

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Well, his price isn´t 4,5M… Said in swedish newpapers today about newcastle to, and that Birmingham wants 100M krons, wich is around 8M pund…

    Gues that´s the hold up, birmingham want more money than newcastle want to pay for him…

    Would still love him to come, a player that always plays well, his highs might not be as high as Aimars, but his lows are very high indeed!

    Not sure he´s worth 8M.. But If barry is 18, then 8 for seb might be fair…

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Think this lad will be a good buy showed good potential last season in an average team but i think would thrive in a KK team! i think there might be a couple of more suprises in stall like the jonas buy! i would love to see Joe cole come to toon but think i’m dreaming! but hey maybe wise can convince a fellow cockney to follow him up to north east? & not to mention that he’s very good friends with roeder who could sell club to him & his hero, as he’s mentioned several times Gazza! again dreaming, but how class would it be to see him in behind front 2 with the freedom just to slaughter teams with pure skill & creativity! plus at us he would have freedom to roam unlike at chelsea stuck out on left wing! on a more realistic note i’d like to see us buy mcfadden for the role behind front 2 i think he’s a quality player & would suit KK style of play! thoughts lads?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #24

    natedawg – Koumas!?

    No thanks!

    Id have Joe Ledley though.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Sounds like the old trick, once a big club comes in, the price goes up!..self abusers!..

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  • daiv

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #26

    The point is why is the agent saying that NUFC is the only club to make an offer? Because he is waiting for more offers and a choice. His first choice is not NUFC and he will sign if nothing better comes along. ordinarily this deal would have been done but times are changing.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #27

    I would like the Swede, but i do agree that he may not be the priority now we have the Argie in and look like we are keeping Milner.

    I remained quite calm on here regarding transfers, but am starting to worry just slightly with the aparent lack of activity on apparent targets such as Arda and Derdiyok. If they are targets then why dont we appear more interested. Lets hope its Newcastle keeping there cards close to there chest. But it doesnt stop me for worrying a bit!

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Not sure about him unless we are selling either Milner or Duff. I think we need a CB, flair MF, Defensive MF & Fwd. That lot will probably cost £25-£30m

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #29

    I reckon Joe ledley looked pretty good for cardiff in last seasons cup run!..
    …Defo worth a shot!..

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  • natedawg

    Jul 9, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #30

    thought i might get slaughtered for that lol could have been worse could of said we should go for savage! still think we will get barnes

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #31

    We can’t get enough mid-fielders in atm imho!..
    …Wouldn’t sell anymore either!..

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  • natedawg

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #32

    ok interesting question for you all, after newcastle who is your favorite club in the premier league?

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  • Ally

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #33

    F**K them all natedawg

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  • natedawg

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #34

    good answer

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  • Ally

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #35

    still think we need to concentrate on signing a midfield ball player, who can create create create

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36

    natedawg – If i had to pick one it would be Portsmouth.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #37

    spuds, we always take 6 points from them!.. 😀

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  • Ally

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Barcelona Abroad natedawg, u got a favoured team abroad

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  • Keith

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #39

    If Larsson wants to come to Newcastle and Birmingham are holding out for more – what better way to take away Birminghams negotiating power than for his agent to release details that Newcastle are the only bidding club!

    Newcastle can demand an answer by a certain date or they move to another player and Birmingham are then high and dry -could be genius business again! Fingers crossed!

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  • valle

    Jul 9, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Well… I think we are throwing allot of names out there as decoys and considering how high on the agenda a playmaker is, i would guess that Larsson would already have been in the bag if he truly was our target… I think we are going for a better player, but perhaps as a backup later in the window.

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