Newcastle fans certainly need a lift after the disaster at Stevenage on Saturday, and it may just happen very soon.
Seb Larsson – in talks with Newcastle United
The news is that Newcastle United are leading the way in the chase for Swede Seb Larsson – according to the Birmingham manager himself, Alex McLeish.
Alex has said today that Newcastle have been given permission to talk to the player about personal terms, and the Birmingham club has accepted a bid from Newcastle for the player, thought to be anywhere between £1M and £1.5M, according to which reports you believe.
Of course, the Birmingham club will still be hoping the keep the 25 year-old Swedish International winger, but we had seen the reports that his contract – signed back in the summer of 2007 – still has him on £500K/year – or around £10K a week.
Sebastian will be offered more than that at Newcastle, and if he’s still as keen to come to Newcastle as he was when the Magpies were first after him 18 months ago, the deal could be struck fairly soon.
There are reports that Newcastle are harder now on deals than they once were, when Freddy Shepherd was giving out huge contracts to mediocre players, but there have been no problems with signing French International Ben Arfa, who was on huge wages at Marseilles.
We think the Newcastle club are still willing to pay the good wages out, but only when it is warranted.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is also interested in the player, but it would appear that Sunderland are not willing to pay too much for a player whose contract runs out in the summer, when he could be available for nothing.
Birmingham have been trying to sign the player to a new contract for a while now, and we have to think if it’s gone this far, he will not be signing a new contract at Birmingham, which was a rumor circulated over the weekend.
Of course that could still happen, but we are very hopeful Seb will be a Newcastle player shortly, and he will be a great addition to the Newcastle squad, there’s not much doubt about that.