Sebastian Larsson Close To Signing For Newcastle United?


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.

Comments welcome.



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217 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Good bit of business if true. Should add some competition to the wings

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  • xfer

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Good player who can cross the ball… Would be a good addition to the team.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Fingers Crossed!

    What side does he play on L/R?

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  • arcarius

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Good news if its true, at least we can play Barton and Guthrie/Gosling in the middle (Better than playing Smith!) when Tiote is not available

    With Larsson on the wings, awesome!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Daily Mail are saying the offer is for £1M

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Larsson can also play at Left Back!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Larrson plays RM

    He must be a better option than Routledge!?

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  • PrinceAlbert

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Barton into the centre and Larsson on the right wing for the Mackems!!

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  • alex84

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9

    still think we need to add pace in the final third, a pacey striker to go with carroll would be good

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Soon our full strength team could look something like this:

    ———————-Harper—————————-

    Simpson —– Colo —– S.Taylor —– Enrique

    Barton /Gosling– Tiote —– Nolan —– Larsson

    ———————–Ben Arfa————————-

    ————————Carroll————————–

    or…

    ———————-Harper—————————-

    Simpson —– Colo —– S.Taylor —– Enrique

    ———————-– Tiote —————————-

    Gosling —–Barton—-– Nolan —– Larsson

    ———————–Ben Arfa————————-

    ————————Carroll————————–

    That’s a pretty strong team. All we need is to replace; Smith, Xisco, Campbell, Ameobi and Perch and use Lovenkrands, R. Taylor, Routlegde as subs / squad players.

    Just one more signing in this window and I’ll be happy for now. Then in the summer we could significantly strengthen the team 🙂

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Considering Larrsson is a RM he could probably have just as good a impact that Jonas did on the left. Also, ur team has twelve players mate

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    He can play anywhere across the middle but better in rw he’s a good crosser and free kick taker with good skill he’s a great buy if it comes off

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  • Sinner

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #13

    @JP :Can we play with 12 players now!?

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  • nuttyward

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    @ ochytoon
    lol with the comment about 12 players( wishfull thinking though)

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    I still want to see S. Taylor play sometimes at RB as he is very good there. It will also give Simpson some competition as I find that one of our weak links. With Taylor there we’ll be even more offensive down the wings because he really likes to go forward. Williamson could then partner Coloccini in the centre of defense (a partnership that formed really well in the Championship).

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  • craigcoozy

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Once larson arrives in newcastle al be happy but still no sign if this! Jus wonder if birm are waitin till bently signed then send him dwn ! Mayb worried incase we snatch bently??
    Nt sure of the rules these days but can we not wait till weds to appeal so that tiotes sus wud start after mackems?

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Good player – hate to be a party pooper but I’ve not read any links where there is actual quotes from anyone from either club saying anything is happening on this front.

    Plus, CC’s mate would have seen someone from the Larsson camp by now too, you’d have thought…

    Hope we get him though, especially as he’s cheap and has real quality down the right, something we lack unless Barton is there and he could be even more effective in the middle.

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  • hisnameisjonas

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    yeah it would be awesome to start each game with 12 players like manure! but maybe we should start with webb in the middle

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Team for Unwashed?

    Harps
    Simmo * Collo * Saylor * Bull
    Larsson * Barton * Nolan/Tiote * Jonas
    Carroll * Best

    Subs:
    Krul, Willo, Nolan/Tiote, Rout, Gosling, Ranger, McLoven

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Hahahaha @ Sinner – Oops LOL I got a bit carried away there!! Caught up in the excitement of actually signing somebody and all the possibilities 🙂

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  • tdt

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    ——————Harper—————–
    Simpson–S.Taylor–Collo–Enrique
    Larsson—Tiote—-Barton—Jonas
    —————–Ben Arfa—————
    —————–Carroll—————–

    Subs: Krul, Williamson, Kadar, Gosling, Routeledge, Ranger, Best (or Ameobi)

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope Routledge is shiting his pants now, maybe he will sort his act out and be the player we all think he should be. If not, he needs to pack his suitcase because he will be up for eviction LOL

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Hahaha 12 mines harper Sunni Taylor colo bull larsson tiote Barton Nolan carroll

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  • tdt

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    ——————Harper—————
    Simpson–S.Taylor–Collo–Enrique
    ———-Tiote—Barton————
    Larsson———————–Jonas
    ————–Ben Arfa—————
    —————Carroll—————-

    Subs: Krul, Williamson, Kadar, Gosling, Routeledge, Ranger, Best

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  • Sinner

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Carollsinger :Add Jonas to your squad.^_____^

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  • tdt

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #26

    If’s, but’s and maybe’s for Sunday:

    ——————-Harper——————
    Simpson–S.Taylor–Collo–Enrique
    ————–Tiote–Barton————
    Larsson————————–Jonas
    ——————-Nolan—————–
    ——————Carroll—————-

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27

    ————–Harper————–
    Simpo–Saylor–Collo–Bull
    —————Tiote————-
    Larsson—————Ben Arfa
    ————-Barton————
    ——Carroll——Best/New striker——-

    Subs: Krul, Kadar, Nolan, Gosling, Williamson, Ranger, Vuckic/Airey

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  • colwell

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Mcleish has said they have given us permission to talk too him. I`d take him as i`d take anyone atm. I hope he wasn`t our no1 target otherwise like Pards said, if they get their 1st choice that`ll be the only signing.

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Swap Ben Arfa with Jonas actually. Part of me thinks he wont be available for sundays match :S

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #30

    can roultledge no play up front?? wouldnt mind seeing him play of carrol.

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #31

    He can but I’m not sure what his shootings like

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  • colwell

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    When you look at everyones teams you can see a pattern NO PACE apart from Jose. Larsson is better than what we have but our long ball tactic isn`t going to change with him. He fits perfectly into it.

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  • nuttyward

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    if his shooting is like his crossing.no he cant play up front ochytoon

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  • baro

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I’d be really statisfied if we sign Seb Laarson. Especially of the quality he has and we sign him for 1-2 million. He is a top player and has a perfect cross that will set up our strikers up perfectly. We really need him especially for the mackems.

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  • baro

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Craigcoozy

    Thanks for the info m8

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  • McGroin

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #36

    McGroin tolds ya :D.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Craigcoozy, I think you will find that if we don’t appeal till Wednesday that the Red Card will stand. I.e. It stands till it’s (if) overturned. So the quicker we appeal, the quicker we will know and the quicker we can plan.

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  • munch27

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    i’m sure the FA panel sit on a tuesday so they can judge the weeks worth of appeals but always seems a tuesday you hear about the decisios.

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  • munch27

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #39

    * decisions

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Gotta Love how the papers twist AP saying about Tim’s kicking into:

    “In fact Shay Given is due back to Tyneside in 3 weeks time to give a talk to fans at a “Salute to Shay” evening and wouldn’t he get even more cheers if he went back as the new Newcastle Number One?

    New Toon boss Alan Pardew gave a big hint that he wanted to find a new goalkeeper for the club this week when he told reporters how unhappy he was with Tim Krul’s performance Newcastle’s awful performance against Stevenage this weekend. Pardew said: “The goalkeeper had a problem kicking the ball, he seemed to be shanking a lot of kicks.”

    “That was putting us under a lot of pressure.”

    “That was not the sort of standard we expect from Newcastle and what I expect as a manager.”

    Steve Harper is the usual first-choice at St. James Park, but as he spent many years being backup to Given, I am sure he would welcome him back with open arms.

    Given would certainly be welcomed back by Pardew and the adoring fans, and to top it all, he only needs to play another 34 games to break the record number of appearances for Newcastle…..”

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