The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that the Tyneside club are in for Birmingham City winger Seb Larsson, but for just £1M.
Robbie Keane – Spurs paid Liverpool £12M for him two years ago
That’s hardly Newcastle’s fault 😀
There’s not much new news in the Journal report, other than Newcastle have been turned off Tottenham players, because of their high valuations.
As we had suspected, Newcastle were also interested in Keane and Bentley from Spurs, at least on loan, but with Spurs having paid out ridiculous fees of £12M and £16M for those players in the past, they are trying to get fees which are hardly representative of the players’ current values.
Newcastle have been turned off by those high transfer fees – and that’s good sensible business by Newcastle.
Newcastle were only interested in taking both Keane and Bentley on loan, but as Harry Redknapp has told anybody who will listen, the London club would prefer permanent deals – well the best of luck – but as we reported earlier today – it looks like Bentley will go to Birmingham on loan.
The Journal is reporting that Seb Larsson was not the signing Alan Pardew was hoping to make before today, but that deal just hasn’t happened- whoever it was for.
Larsson’s agent, Per Jonsson, was coy when he talked about his client’s intentions today:
“A lot of teams like him. Newcastle? It is too early to say anything about that at the moment,”
“I know that he is with Birmingham at the moment and he is preparing for their FA Cup game at Millwall.”
“He is not the type of guy who will cause any problems if another team has bid for him or there is other interest.”
The Journal is reporting that Seb would be keen to join Newcastle, and we remember when the club expressed interest in him in the summer of 2008, after Birmingham had been relegated, he waxed lyrical about what a great club Newcastle was.
So we have to think he would jump at the chance to come to Tyneside.
Seb seems like a really good professional, and even though there have been contract negotiations going on at Birmingham for some time now, he has played very well for the team this season, and would be a great capture for Newcastle.
We had hoped however, that Newcastle could have done the deal before Seb is cup tied with Birmingham today.