If All Goes Well – Larsson Should Be Signing Shortly


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.

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Very good call by Pards was not to ecstatic about bently in the first place he injury prone plus think can get bk to the player he was? Seb is a bargain at 1m or so and he’ll walk straight in to the team and i believe be a great buy. RIGHT THEN WHOS NEXT!!!

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  • Xavi

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    cant wait. esp when ben arfa comes back.

    we will have pace and flair on left, technique and crossing on the right.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    When you hear the demands Benley was asking for I think Birmingham are crazy to take him on, sure he his good on his day, but he has a lot of off days and also is injured alot.

    Not to mention the silly wages he is on!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not worried at all Ed, much rather have Tarabaat from QPR. Game changers, not journeymen is what we need.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    if his signing is soon to be announced why are these worrying times.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    ED…

    This opening paragraph makes no sense at all:

    “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.”

    Why worrying getting a new player?

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    mcleish will prosbs get one of his defenders to injure bentley in trainin if he is playing crap so he cant play

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  • toonboyjake

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    dont know if its already been mentioned but matthew grieve has gone on a month loan to stockport, i am liking that the younger players are being sent out for experience

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  • rc.souvik

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    This may be a worrying time for Newcastle?

    Ed has gone bonkers. His articles are gettin crapier by the day

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  • munch27

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Seriously how can you people say Seb Larsonn isn’t a good signing , he is a consumate pro in training and on the pitch and is far superior to the wingers we have.

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  • Sinner

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Rc.souvik:If you dont like the article,dont bother posting.Simple!>.,>

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  • jarra geordie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Im happy with this sighning hope this means we will have more than The Bull to depend on for supply into Andy. Can’t see much more spending this window but 6 million for two quality young players is great buisness.
    Looking ahead to the summer ( getting way ahead of myself but a boy can dream ) I think a solid right back and another striker could realy help us push on.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    “A good call by Pardew, to be sure.

    Ed, you say this a lot. Are you Irish by any chance? 😉

    As for Larsson, I think he’s not needed, but for as long as he’s a Newcastle player, he’ll get my backing

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Howay The Lads // Jan 11, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    “As for Larsson, I think he’s not needed”

    WHY?

    You not fancy someone in the team who can actually put in a cross?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    More good news…

    Dan Gosling is set to play in his first Newcastle game in a behind-closed-doors practice match at the club’s Training Centre this week.

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20110111/gosling-to-make-return_2281670_2263516

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I sincerely hope Gosling does not go straight in on Sunday. Its bad enough that he is desperately short of march sharpness, but to come in to this what is sure to be a white hot atmosphere and a bruising encounter, the lad might think he has stepped into a whirlwind. On the bench at the very most, with a final 10 to 15 mins if we are doing ok. As for Larsson, put him straight in, he will want to arrive in real style, and as the unwashed are terrible defending, lets get at them.

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  • benarfan-toon

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    as said by lynxie, sunderland are terrible at defending.
    With Carroll back and Larsson having just signed (hopefully) I think the team for sunday that pardew should play is:
    _______Harper_______
    Simp__Williamson__Colo__Jose
    Larsson__Barton__Nolan__Jonas
    _____Best__Carroll____

    but i honestly think he will play a more defensive 4-5-1 with routledge out right, and nolan supporting carroll, with barton and guthrie/gosling in the middle.

    we desperately need cover for the whole left side; defence, midfield and attack!

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  • toon_dog

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    the anticipation leading up to this derby is killing is and working at nissan dont help.
    its me against about 10 SMB every day arguing the usual bla bla but in all fairness both sides are a lil nervous leading up to obviously cos we buggered them 5-1

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    If Gosling is only just playing his first match behind closed doors this week, I highly doubt he will be risked.

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  • toon_dog

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    and on my side the fact were gonna miss tiote maybe carroll and a few other players will still be tired but if seb comes in then clean slate and hopfully another cracking buy n hopefuly we do the bussiness AGAIN in there own back yard n that will make going into work that teeny weeny bit better. but wt ever happens we’ll always love united HTL

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    anyone heard anything more about this make believe takeover deal that coozy and geordie gerrard wer sayin? they dont seem to have been on alot lately.. and coozy aint even been on to say about larsson

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  • Stuart

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Indian Magpie

    Do you know who any of the players he represents are except Tevez?

    If he can bring in some quality players for us I’m all for him joining the club as an advisor.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Richy

    why always with the crosses, why can’t ‘t we play football through the middle, like good teams do.

    We are so one dimensional with crosses and high balls to carroll all day long.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    I think he was instrumental in J mascharano (spell) and he does have good contacts.

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  • petesull

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    sorry lads but i heard the last day kia joorabchian has joined the staff in newcastle…is this true….

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  • Stuart

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #27

    nothing has been confirmed by the club i don’t think but theres been alot of rumours flying around about it petesull.

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  • slazberger

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    so you dont want to put crosses into the box rotonda heights? surely just playing through the middle will also be one dimensional also?

    i dont see why buying a player who has a decent cross to play on the wing is a problem for you especially when we have the someone as good at attacking them as carroll

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Joorabchian has links with:

    Tevez, Mascherano, Ramires

    He also has strong links with ‘Super Agent’ Pini Zahavi, here is a bit more about him…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2006/nov/26/football.features

    There are also strong rumours that this guy (Joorabchian) wants to buy a football club

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  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #30

    The little Bentley that thinks its a big Rolls Royce.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    @ Rotonda heights // Jan 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    All the better attacking teams make the pitch as wide as they can to open up the middle of the park and make the pitch as wide as possible.

    If you play everything through the middle you make it much easier for the opposition to break down.

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  • slazberger

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #32

    if this kia joorabchian job is to get rid of players such as smith sign him up imo.

    how long has barton got left on his current deal?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #33

    18 months

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  • daneevz

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #34

    KIA JOORABCHIAN owns few good players he owns percent of (nilmar,Jo,Ramirez,Fabiano, Carlos Tévez, Marcelo Mattos, Gustavo Nery, Roger, Javier Mascherano, Carlos Alberto, Sebastián Domínguez and Marinho.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda Heights,

    We have one of the most dangerous strikers in the air in the premiership in Andy Carroll.

    Surely it makes sense to sign up a winger with a pinpoint cross to take advantage of this.

    Also, signing Larsson would free up joey to play in the middle again, thus giving us more of a threat through the middle aswell.

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  • slazberger

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    cheers Indian Magpie

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Bring in Jo then!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Darn It. Howard Webb the refree for the derby. Useless Piece of Sh!t in my opinion. Overated

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    A competent crosser of the ball is imperative if we are going to PLAY TO OUR STRENGTHS.
    Welcome Seb Larsson, all you need to be is better than Routledge. No Pressure there then. No , seriously, no pressure……..

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  • petesull

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #40

    wen is ben arfa due to come bak

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