Sky Sports is reporting that Seb Larsson’s financial demands have put off Newcastle United.
Seb Larsson financial demands putting off suitors
There were some hints of that even yesterday but today, the latest news on Sky Sports just a few minutes ago, was that both Newcastle and Sunderland have now ended their interest in the Birmingham winger.
Seb was on £10K/week at Birmingham, so heaven only knows what he was asking for, but we suspect that Newcastle would have been willing to go to around £20K/week for the Swedish winger, but not much higher than that.
There will perhaps be little sympathy for the player on Tyneside, because the Newcastle United club have been taken to the cleaners more than once by very mediocre players, asking for and getting ridiculous wages to move to Newcastle.
So if Seb doesn’t want to come to Newcastle for a decent wage – then so be it.
Gone are the days when Newcastle will pay out daft wages, and how many millions have Newcastle wasted doing that these last 15 years or so? The answer is an awful lot - millions and millions.
And it now especially true now that the UEFA financial fair play rules are due to kick in at the start of next season, when European football clubs are essentially being forced to balance their books, and the wage bill is by far the biggest expenditure with PL clubs.
Since Seb becomes a free agent in the summer, there may be a chance that Newcastle could sign him to a pre-contract agreement this month, and then sign him for nothing in the summer, but we think Newcastle have probably been put off by the player’s greed.
So it looks like Seb Larsson will not become a Newcastle player.
That’s really unfortunate for him – that’s all we have to to say.
We’ll have to wait and see which other player(s) Newcastle have in the transfer pipeline.