Are Newcastle Close To Signing Birmingham’s Seb Larsson?


It may be that Newcastle are very close to signing one of our favorite players – Birmingham City’s Swedish winger, Seb Larsson.

Seb Larsson – news that Newcastle have agreed fee for this player

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Newcastle have had a £1.5M bid accepted by the Birmingham City club for the 25 year-old Swede.

And right from the start we should say we have no idea if this report is true – we just hope it is.

Seb has resisted signing a new contract for Birmingham, and can now speak to clubs, and of course he will become a free agent in the summer, when his current contract runs out.

So it may be that Newcastle have done a deal with Birmingham to sign the player,  and maybe this is the signing Alan Pardew had referred to earlier today.

We certainly hope that’s the case,  because one of the things Seb can do very well is cross a ball, and he was a Newcastle target a few years ago when Birmingham were relegated.

The Mirror is reporting that Alan Pardew switched his attention to Larsson, after a move for Spurs winger David Bentley, become bogged down.

One of the problems with a potential Bentley deal is what transfer fee will Spurs want for their player, after they paid a huge £16M for him from Blackburn Rovers four years ago?

Birmingham are said to have agreed a fee with the Magpies, and as far as we know, Newcastle have still to speak with the player and agree personal terms, but we cannot think that will be too difficult.

Seb was very very interested in joining Newcastle when the club announced their interest in him a few years back, and he went out of his way to say complimentary things about Newcastle United.

Seb started his career at Arsenal and has played for Sweden over 27 times and would be an excellent addition to the Newcastle squad – there’s no doubt about that.

Seb has played over 140 times for Birmingham City  with 15 goals, and played 3 times for Arsenal before signing for Birmingham on a four year deal back in the summer of 2007.

This could be an excellent signing for the club – if the Mirror report is indeed true.

We hope it is.

Comments welcome.



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124 comments so far

  • Toon-Barmy

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #1

    I certainly hope these reports are true, Seb is an excellent player and from what I hear he’s a real pro and a great lad. I get the feeling he would really fit into our group.

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Jumping the gun a bit Ed? I know you’re a big fan but…

    On balance I think he would be better than Bentley; Bentley’s a better player but Seb would be a lot, lot, cheaper and 1 year younger (admittedly not much). Bentley seems like a bit of a Cockney toerag from interviews I’ve seen of him, not sure he would fit in with the squad ethic personnally – our most important asset.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsr51y47iek&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mliFB72tMFA&feature=related

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  • david_NUFC

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Fantastic News. Should be a good signing. Him and Joey barton crossing the ball should be somthing to look forward to 😀

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #4

    would be happy with this signing n he wud be alot cheaper than bently although both good players

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  • DoctorZelig

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #5

    He’s ok but the way Barton is crossing at the moment he won’t get a game on the right. He started as a defensive midfielder so maybe he can play in the center. but Tiote and Nolan has those spots….

    He would bring some extra cover for the squad, but he is hardly a player that will improve us greatly.

    One thing though… if Bartons contract expires in the summer and he leaves them Seb would be great…

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope not…What’s the point?..

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #7

    this wud make sense with birmingham supposedly tryin to sign bently

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  • AussieToon09

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    This would be an excellent signing if true!!!

    As I said, IF THIS IS TRUE, I can really start to see the makings of a pretty good team.

    Credit to Pardew if he pulls this signing off.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #9

    bartons contract does not expire in the summer him jose hav a season n half left n pardew has already stated he wants to tie them down once the transfer window is out of the way

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #10

    If there’s any sense, this is nonsense…

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  • peterjoicey

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #11

    He is a canny player and Bently seems to have a lot of baggage. Harry Redknapp said that Bently would often get injured on a Friday…. maybe a good bit of business to stay well clear of Bently and opt for a decent lad in Larrson.

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  • tdt

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #12

    —————-Harper——————-
    Simpson–S.Taylor–Collo–Enrique
    Barton—-Nolan—-Tiote—-Larsson
    ———-Carroll—–Best————-

    or

    —————-Harper——————-
    Simpson–S.Taylor–Collo–Enrique
    Larsson—-Barton—-Tiote—-Jonas
    ——————-Nolan—————–
    —————-Carroll——————

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Where did this come from no sign if this news anywhere where does seb play for Birmingham ?what pos

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  • nufc7

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    good player for good price if true. quite a versatile player aswell i think? would be a good signing to improve our squad depth

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #15

    DZ, his contract doesn’t run out at the end of the season though?

    I like Larsson a lot. Good grafter with a bit of speed and a nice final ball. Much prefer him to Bentley.

    However, we’ve signed Ben Arfa, we already have Barton, Gutierrez, Routledge, Raylor, Gosling, LuaLua and Ferguson that play on the wings.

    I think Tiote and Nolan are a good combination in the middle and I don’t wanna go 4-5-1 again.

    I can’t see three of Jonas, HBA, Barton, Routledge, Gosling or Raylor wanting to stay on the bench for too long (especially the first three).

    Then we have the futures of LuaLua and Ferguson to think about.

    All in all, I think HBA, Barton, Gutierrez, Routledge and the two youngsters is enough for the moment. In the summer if Routledge hasn’t improved his crossing a considerable amount then I’d think about selling him.

    Those 4 are enough. If we get a lot of injuries we have many capable wingers and Larsson is simply not needed – nor is Bentley.

    What we need is a striker that complements Carroll and then to improve our defence a bit. (That could just be getting better organised, I don’t know)

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Tdt your missing hba and gos

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  • alip123

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #17

    tdt (no. 11) – what about Ben Arfa???

    Line up I think will be

    Harper

    Simpson Willo Taylor Enrique

    Barton Tiote Nolan Larsson

    Ben Arfa

    Carroll

    wud mean leaving out Jonas and Shola, but we would have a much more solid squad

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  • tdt

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Thats for sunderland game

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  • ToonAndy

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Unfortunately I agree with Punk Skunk… What is the point?… I don’t believe he’s any better than the players we already have… I would like a flairy, fast, skillfull winger … he’s just a not so good version of Barton… Hence his 1.5 mill price tag… I like him as a player though just not one for me.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Gettin’ better organized in defense means playin’ Willo instead of Saylor, he’s a liability…

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #21

    where does Gosling play? I thought it was on the right wing aswell :/

    i’d buy seb and sell routledge to LFC for the 8m (if that is actually true), better player and nice bit of business. Seb seems really good technically, will be fighting with barton over who takes the set pieces mind!

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  • tdt

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #22

    low price due to expiring contract

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #23

    cant believe ppl are saying we dont need wingers were desperate for creative players who actually produce sumthing which jonas n routledge dont, jonas hard grafter but no end product in final third

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Toonandy,
    it’s not ‘unfortunate’ to agree with me you bazza…
    🙂

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  • jamiemt

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Papers dont usually say that a club has agreed a fee unless their pretty sure its legit, so i believe it!

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  • colwell

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #26

    If it is him it doesn`t make sense Pards has said he wants an offensive player with pace well that certainly isn`t larsson I`d prefer Barton on the right TBH

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Gosling is a CM!

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #28

    way i see it cm positions – barton, nolan, tiote, gosling. rw position larson, routledge, kezenga lw postion jonas, ferguson, new signing. leaving hba to play off of carroll

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  • mr.zaktoon- sweden

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #29

    would be a terrific signing. seb is the ideal teamplayer and has a great right foot ofc. he’ll fit in straight away and I think everyone at the club we’ll take to him instantly, he wont complain if he’s on the bench and he’ll give 110% when called upon…
    good signing, quite cheap too!

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #30

    davy,
    that’s cos teams mob our wingers cos they know we rely heavily on get the ball up to AC, hence they are marked out of the game…Why do y’think Nolan gets so many goals, think about it…

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  • Jamma

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #31

    i’d like to see jonas replaced to be honest, nice bloke and all and hard grafter but i agree with davytoon, no end product! We really do lack crosses from the left until enrique gets up. Imagine having someone as good as barton on the left aswell (ben arfa) – but until he’s back i think we rely on barton and the right hand side a bit too much

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  • boater

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #32

    ha love how best is in first 11s all of a sudden. Hope he continues like last night but howay noo.

    Whatever way you look at it, for upfield positions – barton, nolan, tiote, carroll, arfa are shoe-ins to start.. that leaves once attacking place between: gosling, jonas, routledge, guthrie, shola, best, loven, ranger, larsson (?).

    I know injuries, etc.. but just can’t see how gosling fits in.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #33

    ya ryt papers dont usually say fee agreed unless its true id b more than happy with larrson nice tidy little player n hes creative

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #34

    punk skunk, routledge n jonas hav the skill n pace to do any fullbacks in the league but what ya failing to see is once they do that there final ball is sh#te

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #35

    boater ya ryt but i cant see guthrie n routledge staying n one the strikers leaving in the summer it bout havin a squad even if they do stay, i think pardew has said if the first 11 get injured the bk up is not of the same quality, probably sign 3 to 4 offensive players this window

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #36

    Seems a bit of a waste spendin’ £1.5 mill on him now when we can get him on a pre-contract agreement in the summer…are we really that desperate to get Larsson in now?

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #37

    I`d prefer SWP we need pace, he gets in behind and scores Larsson is no better then Barton on the right,

    My real hope(wish) is Taraabt imagine how good we would be attacking teams-

    Barton Tiote Nolan Taraabt
    Ben Arfa
    Carroll

    how good does that look!

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Are people daft? You don’t see the point of getting a quality player for a minimal fee? A guy that we can play and feel comfortable with and adds depth to the squad? How are we ever going to get better when we have a thin squad? Adding another quality player to our squad is what is needed, and for the price, it is such smart business.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #39

    davy,
    na i’m not failin’ to see that they miss sometimes, everyone does…What you’re failin’ to see is that AC’s worst failin'( the thing he needs to work on) is waitin’ for the ball to get to him, instead of gamblin’ makin’ an early anticipated run, or near post run…Therefore some of our wingers crosses go to the right place, but there’s no one there gamblin’, a la Shearer…
    So, they end up lookin’ bad, when they got the ball into the middle…Yea?

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #40

    aussie toon couldnt agree more its about building a squad thats got qaulity all the way through it n if u can do that on the cheap even better

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