Is Seb Larsson On Newcastle’s Radar Screen?

Former Newcastle target, Swedish International Seb Larsson, has still not signed a new contract for Birmingham, and if that remains the case by January, which looks probable, it could cause a scramble between the many clubs after his services.

Seb Larsson – still not signed new contract at Birmingham

Premier league clubs Fulham, Newcastle, Sunderland and Blackburn are all said to be interested, and we remember when Newcastle were interested in the player a couple of years ago, Larsson said he was flattered by the Magpies’ interest.

And we have to believe that all things being equal, and assuming Newcastle are still interested in this player, then the Magpies have as good a chance of any other club, of attracting the Swedish winger, especially if Newcastle are in a decent league position by January.

Continental clubs are also said to be interested with Valencia leading the chase, and while Birmingham are trying hard to tie down the player to a new contract, it hardly looks like Seb is too keen to stay with the Birmingham side.

Brum manager Alex McLeish wants the Swedish International to stay of course, but it looks like a new deal is far from being agreed to.

McLeish admits nothing will probably change by January, when Seb will be available to talk  to other clubs:

“The last contact  was a couple of months ago.”

“I know Julia Shelton, (Birmingham’s head of football administration) has been liaising with Seb’s agent.”

“So, I guess, if anything is going to happen, it will be in the next transfer window.”

Larsson has started 11 Premier League games so far this season, but we think he may want to see which other clubs could be interested in his services come January, and he will come quite cheaply as his contract runs out in the summer.

If  Birmingham are to get anything at all for him, they will need to sell him in January, for a cut price, and therefore Seb could well be  a player Newcastle go after in the next transfer window, as he’s an excellent right winger,  and can put in some great crosses.

The 25 year-old started his career at Arsenal and moved on loan to Birmingham in 2006, before signing a four year deal with the club the next year, and has so far  played for Sweden 26 times.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Nov 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully not.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Nov 9, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope not, we don’t need him.

  • punk skunk...

    Nov 9, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Dunno why we would?..

  • baro

    Nov 10, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #4

    We really have a lot of upcoming youngsters and no need of signing this guy when some have been waiting a long time for the wing spot on this team. Especially Kazenga LUA LUA! One of our brightest youngsters!

  • CT

    Nov 10, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Larsson v Routs? Straight swop ? ie Both are Quick, one can get to the bye line and cross, one can`t? Guess, which one would we prefer??

    No brainer, isn`t it?

  • Brutooon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #6

    he is better than routledge

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 10, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont think we need many signing if any at all. We have a squad full of players especially at Cb and CM. Ben arfa completed our midfield and with Barton playing so well out right and Goswell and Guthrie ready to come in we dont need a midfielder. We should bring up from within if possible. We dont need players brought in and risk disrupting our chemistry although I feel Hughton can handle most personalities.

    We have a young left back coming good and so it may be smart to bring in a couple savy vets who dont mind not playing every game.

    I want to wait until Ben arfa is back fit and not fill a spot up with anyone else.

    Why not bring in Matt Taylor from Bolton he is falling down the pecking order will be cheap and can back up left M or left Back and brings something new to the team.

    The same for the right side and then maybe a Striker. That is the one place we can afford to gamble. Maybe Cassano lets give him a shot. A dealy finisher to play of Carroll.

    Matthews from Cardiff plays the right side well and is young. He would be perfect to push Simpson and Ben Arfa or Barton. Although we do have R Taylor but I think he should go if he cant get a game. But then again if he is happy on the squad keep him he seems like a great pro.

  • chuck

    Nov 10, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #8

    We are well stocked with midfield players, but Larson is better than Routledge who shows flashes of class , but lacks consitency.
    And after all the idea is to constantly improve the side by getting rid of those who can`t cut it and replacing them with better quality players, until your main problem is keeping those not getting games happy.

  • Seabass

    Nov 10, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Dont forget Larsson is good at right back too. This is the position he is mostly used on for the swedish national team. Would be great to have him n the team. We need that foot. Far better than anything we currently have, including Raylor.

  • Trent Toon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Nahh a luxury player that does the luxury things well – crossing etc. But can’t do the basics properly. Prefer someone from the academy!

  • Brutooon

    Nov 10, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Larsson is Premierleague Proven, Swedish International, can cross the ball.

    Routledge is ccc proven, no caps yet, sometimes can cross the ball.

  • RedMissionBells

    Nov 10, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #12

    In my opinion, if we (Newcastle United) want to return to being a top team that challenges for champions league spot each season, then Sebestian Larsson is not really the type of player that we should be looking for.

    We should be looking for players who will continue to improve and have vast potential (Such as Nile Ranger, Vuckic and Danny Simpson).

    At the moment, we have Ryan Taylor and Wayne Routledge as back up. Hence, I do not feel that having Sebestian Larsson will add much value.

    Having said that, I think if we are able to off load some of our players, we will have sufficient funds to buy top quality youngsters or players in their early 20s.

    Players to OffLoad

    1. Leon Best (Not good enough)
    2. Wayne routledge (Does not have the strength to make an impact on the BPL)
    3. Xisco
    4. Ryan Taylor

    Sell these players and we may have more funds to strengthen our right side of the field.

  • roe997

    Nov 10, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #13

    matt jarvis worth a punt.showing some class delivery and showd pace against both manchester sides.

  • Lew Davies

    Nov 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #14

    CH brought Routledge to the club so wont want to get rid of him so soon. imo. and Larsons wage demands may be too high?
    I like the idea of a swap deal tho. 😀

  • gazza going fishing

    Nov 10, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #15

    roe997- a think we should go for jarvis theres a major gap in quality between him and routledge and his work ethics against man u where brilliant

  • Mat

    Nov 10, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Seb is a decent premier league player. not particularly pacey but has a great delivery from the wing; something that Andy would love.
    however i dont think he is much different to Ryan Taylor who can barely get in the squad at the minute. we do have Gosling to come back, aswel as Routledge(who still has to improve his crossing if he wants to get back into the team). and dont forget the constantly improving K.Lualua.
    overall dont think he would improve the team.
    Jarvis from Wolves would be a great signing but doubt he would leave wolves unless they are relegated.
    Trust CH he knows what he is doing. just want his future at nufc secured now!

  • G

    Nov 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t know if CH is still interested in Larsson, but I would like to think that he has Alan Carr’s dad watching any potential signings with the intention of improving the squad. If CH feels he will add something, then great, get him, if he feels there is no improvement in what we already have? Free transfers tend to demand big wedge too, overall they can be very expensive in the long run. For my money, I rate SL, but like somebody already mentioned above, he lacks ability in the basics.

  • mashearer

    Nov 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18,19528,11095_6498078,00.html
    damn now ancelotti has publicly say that he admire worried can ashley push carroll to agree a deal if chelsea offered alot of money

  • gazza going fishing

    Nov 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    he is saying he has to improve though so maybe that was a sign he is holding off for a move for carrol… for now

  • chuck

    Nov 11, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #20

    A couple of contributors mentioned SL lacks the basics and one mentioned he only does the luxury
    things (like passing) well.
    What on earth does that mean ?


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