Newcastle United have had a £1.5M bid for Swedish winger Sebastian Larsson accepted by Birmingham City, but his club are still hoping he will sign a new contract with them.
Seb Larsson – Birmingham still apparently hopeful
The former Arsenal midfielder has repeatedly refused to sign a new deal at the club, as he probably looks to see if bigger clubs come in for him, and it seems that Newcastle, who were after the winger a few years back, are now back and keen to sign him.
Birmingham’s first team coach Peter Grant is still hopeful Larsson will remain at the club and sign a new contract with them, but that has to be very doubtful at this stage, although we suppose it could still happen.
This is what Grant said today:
“The manager Alex McLeish has spoken to Seb’s agent and it’s ongoing,” “I think Seb would obviously be keen to stay – and the club are looking for him to stay also.”
“But it’s down to him and his agent who is speaking to the club at the moment. That’s as far as it’s gone.”
“We’re not kidding ourselves on. We just hope that Seb wants to stay with us. I’m sure that’s the case and I think he’s proved that with his performances this season.”
“But, if he decides to move elsewhere, you can’t do anything about it. That’s the situation with the Bosman ruling now.”
“Sometimes the big players have the opportunity and the agents can make that happen.”
The Bosman ruling is simply that a player signs a contract with a club, and he can see out that contract, and then move onto another club on another contract, but of course in that case the first club doesn’t get a transfer fee for the player.
Newcastle were in a similar position with Steven Taylor, whose contract would have run out next June, but Steven finally decided to sign a new five and a half year deal with his home-town club, after contract negotiations lasted more than a year.
We think Seb Larsson is the player Alan Pardew is trying to sign right now, and have him at the club before he becomes cup-tied at Birmingham, although we suppose Newcastle could make that part of the deal, that Larsson doesn’t play in the FA Cup tomorrow.
Birmingham play at Milwall with a 1:30pm kick off, so it will be interesting to see if Seb is in the Birmingham line-up tomorrow.
We’ve been keen on Seb since Newcastle were first interested in the player, after Birmingham were relegated in 2008, and this season he’s played extremely well – which is of course why Birmingham still hope to keep the player.
If Newcastle can get Larsson he would be a great acquisition for the Tyneside club, and at a very decent price too.