Newcastle manager Pardew has been working to line up a new signing, and the player could even make his debut tomorrow at Stevenage.
New player could well be Seb Larsson from Birmingham
Alan thinks the current Newcastle squad is just too small, especially with the bout of injuries our players have picked up this week.
This is what Alan said today about bringing in new players:
“The injuries we got against West Ham made it even more urgent,”
“I still think the squad’s short. Even outside of Leon’s performance, we’d still have taken one.”
But whether Pardew will look to bring in a player on loan in January is still not clear, as there are trade-offs with that – as opposed to buying a player outright.
Alan continued and talked about possible loan deals:
“That’s something we’re weighing up because loaning players from the Premier League isn’t easy,”
“There’s loan fees attached in certain situations and you have to weigh up if it’s better to go for a buy.”
If Alan does have somebody lined up, we have to think Seb Larsson from Birmingham is the most likely player to come in.
Seb becomes a free agent in the summer and it looks almost certain he wants to leave Birmingham, after repeatedly refusing to sign a new deal at the club.
And Birmingham manager Alex McLeish will soon need to decide if he wants to lose Larsson for nothing in the summer, or get at least a nominal fee for him this month.
If Seb goes nowhere in January, expect Newcastle to try to get him to sign a pre-contract agreement, that he will join Newcatsle for nothing, when his contract runs out at the end of June.
There was news over the last couple of days that Newcastle could be after David Bentley of Spurs, but one big problem with David, is that Spurs will try to recuperate as much of the £16M they paid to Blackburn Rovers for him four years ago.
And David is hardly worth a big fee these days, as his career in London has gone down-hill big time, although he’s still a good player and needs a new opportunity somewhere to revitalize his career.
We hear that Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is also interested in Seb Larsson, but given the choice between the two big North East clubs – who would ever choose Sunderland?
Not many – but that may be a biased opinion of course. 😀