Pardew Still Hoping New Player Arrives Soon


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. 😀

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32 comments so far

  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Seb Larsson or Bentley?? Both products of the Arsenal youth system, both excellent crossers of a ball….Seb 25, Bentley 26.

    I’d take Bentley – It was only a couple of years ago he was being talked up as the new david beckham! I think a move away from the capital will resurect his career especially playing alongside the likes of Barton and Carroll who have had their private lives questioned aslo!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #2

    get them both signed up.. Sign bentley now and perhaps even get larsson on pre contract or if neccessary get him signed up now

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  • Carl92

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #3

    I have to agree with you jimmy, i think if u look what he did at blackburn when he was away from the capital he was one of the best RW in the Premier League. Saying that if we do sign seb larsson i would not be angry at i still think hes a good player and works really hard to.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    I would say Bentley is better than Larsson.

    Larsson will be much cheaper than the prices being touted for Bentley – Like Loan with agreement of £8M at end of season – No thanks!

    So on balance, Larsson is less of a risk for the money involved.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I say Larsonn like.

    I don’t like that quote from Dirty ‘Arry, ‘He always seems to pick up injuries on Fridays’

    That just smacks of a player with no drive.

    One of the best things about our team atm is that we never give less than 100%, even when we were 5-0 up on Wednesday we were still pushing, and everyone was still running for every ball.

    For some reason I have a feeling that Bentley would be a lazy player and would only play when it suits him.

    Larsonn appears to be a relatively down-to-earth player who wouldnt come into the club thinking he’s the big I am.

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  • Davies

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    By ’em both. This would be a good use of transfer cash. Both wings tied up with several options: Left; Jonas, Ben Arfa and Larsson: right; Bentley, Barton and Routelidge. At least four of those are equally adept plying through the centre. Left back cover and a pacey little striker and our squad becomes very hard to knacker with injuries etc.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #7

    They’re both average. We literally have 6 players that are as good or better than both of them already

    Waste of money that could be better used – I don’t know… maybe buying a plant pot. Just about as effective

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    With Pards mentioning Best, it makes me think we are after a striker, he bigged Bentley up but thats nothing he`s not going to say his real interest and let others know of their availability is he?

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Pards has never ONCE said the player he is trying to bring in is a winger!

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  • slazberger

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    good point colwell.

    press have linked us with a lot of players since pardew said he wanted someone in before the weekend, just so they can say they told us who we were signing

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  • daneevz

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    how can u say bentley is better ur going on previous performances he aint played for um……… along time it take seb proven plays week in week out and would need time to get in the swing of newcastles playing game where as bently need time to get bk to a quality he once showed!

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  • UpdaToon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey guys I’ve written an article on the youngsters at Newcastle. If you could check it out, show ur support by dropping a comment and let us know what you think. Should get a good debate going –

    http://www.cleansheetsallround.co.uk/2011/01/6-wonderkids-that-represent-the-future-of-newcastle-united

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  • GvFalkirk

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Off topic, but James Tavernier and Joan Edmundsson will join Gateshead for an initial 28-day loan period and are set to make their debuts against Kidderminster.

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  • DoubleD2104

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    We need a left back……..If routledge out then Bentley.Otherwise Larsson would be good.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    so long as the price diff for bentley and larson is not more than 1.5, got for bentley.

    larson might be technically sound, but bentley is magical on some days.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Spuds are talking about £8M for Bentley

    Whereas Larsson is free in summer so about £2M should get him.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17
  • Sav

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Financially, Larsson is a ‘no brainer’. Signed on a 4 year contract at his age, we could keep him for a couple of years and still sell at a profit.
    Sorry to sound like one of them cockerney barra boys who run our club – but that’s how they’ll be thinking on this one.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #19

    I think danny simpsons looks good enough and gettin better a couple of years ago id of been well up for micah richards but not now

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #20

    I really think this is the best team we hav had for a long long time especially our defence….. any of u lads on ps3?

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Bentley or Larsson

    Both better than Routedge

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  • RichK

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #22

    I was thinking the same as toonoholic @ 17 Micah Richards would be an excellent signing, as well as Danny Simpson has done, he’s not in Richards’ class and Richards can also play as a centre back if needs be. Not sure how much he’d cost but he’s still young enough to develop into a top class player. I’d pay up to £5m for him. On the Larsson/Bentley topic, personally i’d prefer Bentley as I think he’s the better player but I would worry about his general attitude and for that reason we may be better off with Larsson especially at the prices quoted for the two players!Watch this space I guess although I can’t see anything happening now before the game tomorrow??I hope I’m wrong though.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Sky are offering 8/1 on Smith and Woodgate joining Leeds.

    Betting suspended on Becks joining Spuds.

    Becks to Spuds = Bentley to us.

    Is the transfer deadline 5PM today for players to be in tomorrows squad??

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Would rather have simpson than richards anyday.
    Simpson has been great since coming back from injury.

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  • bostonmagpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #25

    cockney mag….add me. toonboy27

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  • toonarmy21

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Cockney mag add me too biglane1

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  • Rafael

    Jan 7, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #27

    I would choose Larsson any day. but both similar

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  • chuck

    Jan 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Simpson has improved during his time here, but is he better than Richardson ? or Onuoha for that matter, dont think so !
    He, Simpson can defend, but both Richardson and Onuoha are capeable of bringing the ball forward, a neccessity in to days game.
    They also have a bit of size and pace about them and dont get pushed around.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    richard >>> perch

    dont even get me started on perch.

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  • torresmex90

    Jan 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #30

    any of you boys want to add me? mexinufc90

    I can see Ashley providing us with one quality loan/signing. HBA loan in august which NOBODY expected with option to buy, which we now have…
    Also in the jan. transfer window, we brought in a few new heads, and pushed for top spot. Who’s to say we can’t push up the table with a few more quality signings?! Ashley has surprised me a few times with transfers, he may surprise us again

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  • max

    Jan 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #31

    i’m sorry.. but i hope that all the all the news we heard will come true. just sign any of them as both are good.really hope that until the last day those just become a rumours.

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  • tcbelfast

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #32

    8mill.too much in todays economic climate.
    i’d be keen on bentley but not at that price.larsson would be a much better asset at only 1.5m.

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