With a little prompting and information from one of our readers, Laposna, we’ve looked at some players whose contracts run out this season, and will therefore be available for free in the summer.
Sebastien Larsson – wants out of Birmingham?
Two players that may interest Chris Hughton are Seb Larsson at Birmingham City, who was a Newcastle target a couple of years ago, and at the time said he’d love to join Newcastle, and Morten Gamst Pederson, the Blackburn winger.
We think Larsson would walk to Newcastle, if the Magpies showed any interest in him, and apparently he is a little upset after losing his place in the Birmingham side recently.
But when we’ve seen him play this season, he’s looked very good and he can certainly cross a ball from the right wing. The Swede has already been capped 20 times by his country and started his career at Arsenal, back in 2001.
He played 7 times for the Gunners, whom he joined as a 15 year-old back, before moving to Birmingham on loan in 2006, and after some impressive performances signed a 3 year contract in 2007.
He has made 28 starts and 5 sub appearances this season with 4 goals, and at Birmingham in total he has appeared 159 times with 132 starts and 21 goals.
The 5’10” midfielder, who usually plays on the right wing but can also play at full-back, was born in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna, and played for his home town club until 2001, when Arsenal picked him up and put him through their Youth Academy.
Morten Gamst Pederson has been in so-so form this season, but the last time we watched Blackburn play he was taking the throw-ins, very much like Rory Delap does at Stoke City, so if we got him we could have a long throw-in threat to players like Andy Carroll, which would frighten the living daylights out of PL defenses.
The Norwegian has been stalling over the signing of a new deal, but former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce, now in charge at Blackburn, seems desperate to tie down the player, but it may well be Pedersen wants to gauge the interest in him from other clubs.
However, he’s 28 years-old now and not the 26 or under that Newcastle owner has mandated to his manager Chris Hughton, for new players coming into the club this summer.
Pederson has played for Norway 54 times with 12 goals, and he was at Tromsø until joining Blackburn in 2004. At the Norwegian club he played 85 times with 43 goals.
At Blackburn he’s so far played 234 times with 38 goals, but seems to fit the bill less at Newcastle than does the young Larsson. who seems a great prospect.
But we’re sure these are two players that Chris Hughton already knows about, and it wouldn’t surprise us one little bit if he goes after the Swedish International, who we understand Sunderland are also after.
Well, that’s going to be disappointing for Sunderland fans, but what can we say? 😀
We think Seb Larsson would be an absolute bargain, if Newcastle can persuade the player to come to Tyneside.
Comments always welcome.