This may be a worrying time for Newcastle, because if Seb Larsson is indeed going to arrive on Tyneside, it shouldn’t be too long before his signing is announced.
Seb Larsson – deal should be announced very soon
Our understanding is that the fee has been agreed between Birmingham and Newcastle, and the Tyneside club are very smart to pay a little over the odds, in order to ensure they get Seb, and not wait for an auction for his services in the summer, when he would have become a free agent.
And since Newcastle were interested in the boy in the summer of 2008, after Birmingham were relegated, we have to think Newcastle kept an eye on the situation and moved in when they had too.
Mike Ashley has done a lot wrong at Newcastle, and he’s admitted as much, but the current regime is very good at picking up top players without having to spend too much money on them, and it looks like they will get another bargain buy with Seb Larsson, to go with the Hatem Ben Arfa signing.
If Newcastle only get the two of them in January, it still will be terrific business by the club, with both of them together costing little more than around £6M.
Alex McLeish seems to have given up on Larsson, and he is close to signing David Bentley from Tottenham on loan, and this si what Alex said last night:
“The latest with Seb is we gave his adviser permission to speak to Newcastle. Other than that, I’ve heard nothing. We came to a kind of impasse over a new contract.
“I know Seb would like to stay, but we’ll just have to wait and see. There is nothing I can really add to that.”
Since it seems Newcastle only need to arrange personal terms with Seb, and he is currently reported to be on £10K/week at Birmingham, we wouldn’t think it would take too long before a deal is struck.
Of course the surprising think we learned about David Bentley recently, is that he wanted a clause put in his contract, that he would play in every single game.
How’s that for fighting for your place?
Alan Pardew rightly walked away from that nonsense – and the last thing Newcastle need right now at the club are prima donnas, and they will not be arriving either.
A good call by Pardew, to be sure.