Transfer Updates On Bothroyd And Larsson

The January transfer season has been strange up till now, but it’s hardly because Newcastle have not been linked with a number of players.

But what’s been really hard to decipher, is which players Newcastle are really after.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said today that Newcastle had formally withdrawn their interest in Swedish winger Seb Larsson, but today the Evening Chronicle today is suggesting Newcastle may go back in for the lad – so that’s a little confusing.

But one thing that should be certain is that if Seb doesn’t want to walk to Newcastle to play for the side – we shouldn’t bother signing him, and he may be after the biggest wages he can get – at any club.

And news today that Blackburn Rovers could be interested in the winger, and maybe the new owners there will be willing to pay daft wages for the Swede – best of luck to them if that’s the case.

And new news this morning is that Newcastle are said to be in talks with Cardiff City about 28 year-old striker Jay Bothroyd, but the fee quoted of £2.5M, seems really high given Jay would be available for nothing in the summer.

And with both Jay and Seb, there’s always a chance if Newcastle cannot do business in January, for whatever reason, they could sign both players to a pre-contract agreement, and sign them in the summer.

That would be better than nothing, and of course Newcastle would get a better deal since both players would be available for nothing at that time.

With Jay Bothroyd, it could well be that Cardiff are desperate to keep the striker through the summer, to help the club with their promotion push this season, after they lost in the play-off final to Blackpool last year, when they were the favorites to win that game.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said today that Newcastle had formally withdrawn their interest in Swedish winger Seb Larsson, but today the Evening Chronicle today is suggesting Newcastle may go back in for the lad

    What’s confusing about this?

    “The only team lodging serious interest in our player has revoked interest meaning you’re all free to come in and offer us more money!”

  • Sinner

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    I would say a big NO for Bothroyd and if Seb is money grabber,better not take him.D:<

  • cgrizzly87

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    “Stoke City have agreed to pay £5.9m for Hoffenheim’s Senegalese striker Demba Ba, according to German magazine Kicker.”

    It really annoys me we aren’t competing for this type of player!

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I see the ex-raggy moustachioed Mark Lawrenson has forecast a 2-0 win to the UNWASHED BOTTOM FEEDING SCUM SUCKERS

  • Sinner

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Mark Lawrenson and correct predictions??
    What a larf! 😀

  • Warpie

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Swedish media reports Larsson agreed a deal with Blackburn. With him going there in the summer after his contract is due. This info coming from a friend to him..

  • dashu9

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    @cgrizzly87 /
    Wait for another season or two. We have just come up from CC. Our time will come …..

  • short trousers

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    oooghh oooghh oooghh oooghh

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Right lads, here is the issue with signing players like Demba Ba etc.

    We have just come back up from the Championship.

    We need to cement our place in the PL before we are attractive to players again, so in the mean time expect loan signings or sub-standard players to ‘get the job done’.

    OK, so maybe we could bring a couple of bigger names, but would need to offer more money, so if we went back down we would not be able to continue with high priced players so would have to virtually give them away.

    Forget Europe, Forget Big Name Signings, this season the aim has ALWAYS been, just to stay up, then push on from there.

    Those of you who want a big name signing – We have got him, he is called Hatem Ben Arfa.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    We need signing this january, players such as jonas,routledge, smith, ameobi sould be given more competition

  • wynsleap

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Not bothered about either player to be honest.
    Think we can do much better than that.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Not bothered if we don’t sign either of them. What we need is a playmaker & a leftback

  • Nufcboy88

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #13


    Agree mate! Think their being hyped up a bit to be honest.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    watch this it’s just for a laugh. And i know it’s capdevila on the shirt and not villa but it’s slim pickings on there!! Just a laugh at the mackems expense

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    agreed Richy…

    whers tht crazy dude tht came on the other day saying we’d be getting took over within the next 48-72 hours by a think he says it was indians or kia joorobchians qataries

  • aaronjd

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Carroll off too spurs, you heard it here first.

  • Lyons

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #17


    Forget Seb larsson Boring BORING

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    @ GeordieToon89 // Jan 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    CraigCoozy you mean!?

  • Lyons

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #19

    carrolls in your mum (you heard it here first)

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    yeah he said it aswel he aint said nowt else since and hasnt really been on much except last night which didnt seem like him atall,
    a thought someone called geordie-gerrard said something similar aswell?

    also sirtoongospel good tht like haha.!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #21

    haha Lyons!

  • bri_2k4

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    To be honest I no our main goal is to be safe but there are some good players out thr who could do a job can you remember cheick tiote ? Who was he wen we got him ? Look at hime now he’s crusing the prem I think we should just bide are time search over sea’s well get some more like him soon enough

  • Chris F

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #23

    for those going on about signing pre-contract agreements with larsson, etc – only foreign clubs can sign deals with players with 6 months left on their current deals, it can’t be done with players from within the same FA,

    you can only talk to them when the season’s over (i think, though it could be in the last month of their deal instead)

    you could have a verbal agreement of course, but by rule of thumb nothing legal can be signed to take a player on a free from a club registered to the same FA as you.

    at least this is the case in England, may not be true in other countries, think it’s down to the individual associations choice/rules.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t see the need to rush in and buy anymore players during this window as we’re in a fairly healthy position in the league… nufc richygo1 says we have already bought HBA who will be back soon to play in behind Carroll…so there’s no need to buy Bothroyd…and Gosling is effectively a new signing who can operate in a couple of positions…. we should bide our time and research our targets now for the summer.

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley loves spurs he’ll help them out give them Carroll but he will just have to say no I ain’t going anywhere I’m staying in toon till I die

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #26

    a think if we do hav a little money a do believe if we could get someone to come in and make an immediate impact either loan or perm then we could honestly finish 6th or 7th for a europa league place which would of course lead to hell of a lot more money.. the players should be thinkin this way aswel just because the way the league is this season everyone seems to be close to everything i wont be dissapointed if we dont get europe cos all i want to do is finish above 17th and im delighted but we are doing well and i can honestly see us in europe next season… Ben arfa will mainly be for next season as a dont think he’l be the same straight away but you never know

  • Ericles

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Geordiedoonsooth and Shot Bru make a lot of sense. We do need cover for Enrique cos the reserve tends to fall off his perch at the moment as he needs time to improve if he is to stay on Tyneside.

  • Stuart

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    The problem is though Shot Bru, we have a thread bare squad. If we get major injuries to any first team players, we don’t have enough quality in the squad to cover for them.

    I’m not saying we need 5-6 signings, just cover for certain positions, ie, left back and striker.

    I believe we’ve already signed the needed winger in HBA and the needed DM cover in Gosling.

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Stuart i do agree with you regarding a left back, a position which has had no specialist cover for a couple of years which is insane…

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #30

    I think Ferguson is good cover to be fair.

    When you think how little first team action the lad has had, I think he has done well when he has come on.

  • Stuart

    Jan 14, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #31

    I do like Ferguson but I think hes still developing. Young players are not always the most consistant.

    For now we need some proven cover for Bull, then in around a season or two ferguson will be ready.


    Jan 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Please retain these numbers


    FA prem League….Fiona Williams..0207-8649000

    You might want to Jam the switchboard up most days ?

    Give them plenty of Admin by emailing them also..they have to answer you

    NOW heres a story

    I spoke to John Stanley At the FA Prem League
    on the subject of Nigel De Jong’s criminal tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa

    He told me under Fifa rules that they cant take action because the referee seen it and did not think there was anything wrong !

    I said that he is a serial Leg breaker and he Has not even received a booking or a 3 match ban etc

    I also Mentioned the fourth official and Fans that were close to the criminal act

    There could have been evidence from them

    Heres a scenario

    I go to my place of work
    I have an argument with a co worker
    I run at him and break his nose
    Im in my place of work just like Ben Arfa was that day
    Just like De Jong was that day when he broke HBA’s Leg In 2 places
    Imagine what would happen if any of us done that at work ?..Arrested ??

    Heres What John Stanley told me at the FA prem

    HE Stated : They could not investigate but if any person that witnessed the attack on the player reports it to police then they have to investigate

    So if any Newcastle united Supporter was there at the City OF Manchester stadium and reports it now they will have to investigate it

    So if anyone reading this was there could you please report it ..It is the only way that the serial leg breaker De Jong will be punished for what he did that day ..all it takes is one phone call to the police if you witnessed it

    And remember John Stanley at the FA Prem told me this its official !!! I have just sent the Fa An email which I will reproduce here ..I have also spent about one hour on the Phone talking to both the FA and The FA prem ..

    As Newcastle fans please do not now sit back and think this decision making by the mystical disciplinary panel is going to go away ..

    They are corrupt and we dont ever know who they are ..they need to be transparent and open as to who they are

    Chiek Tiote’s Ban is a disgrace as was Mike Williamson’s

    Nigel De Jong has no punishment at all !!!!!!

    And a player (Tiote) has a 3 match ban for not even touching the man !

    The world s gone mad or the FA is Corrupt

    which one is it ?

    Please report to the police what you seen of Nigel De Jong’s Tackle if you were there. The police will have to investigate it and it will give the FA hell and plenty of admin and bad publicity

    One Phone Call And the police will do the rest.
    And remember I was told this BY John Stanley at the FA prem

  • xfer

    Jan 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #33

    No to Jay Bothroyd. Not what we need imo.


    Jan 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Heres a copy of the email I sent to the FA.

    Mike Williamson’s retrospective three match ban was a disgrace as is now Chiek Tiote’s ..Williamsons would only have been a booking for obstruction if the ref had seen it .

    And Tiote’s was a big mistake by the ref as he never touched the other player involved ..his opponent in the challenge stated that he had never touched him .

    The ref told Alan Pardew that he had made a mistake. So how come Tiote has now got a 3 match ban , he never touched the player and never raised his boot. There was no intention to harm the player or gain an advantage by foul means. The Player arrived after Tiote had won a free ball
    I am a customer of FA football and feel like I am bieng cheated out of my money with decisions like this .

    I think the FA are Corrupt

    Please inform me as a customer who the members of the disciplinary panel are that sits in on decisions on Newcastle United both for the Mike Williamso’n verdict and the Chiek Tiotie Verdict.

    Sent on Tuesday.. Answers?… Sweet FA

    Note this panel is based at Wembley so you can imagine they all live in London because of the need to convene quickly on a monday?



  • Lynxie

    Jan 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Dear Online guy.

    Please try to keep the ball on th edeck, because if the FA read your email and are in the same frame of mind as I am after reading it, they will not only send you a reply, but a box of prozac and some chill pills.
    I now have a vision of someone with a purple face jumping up and down with spit coming out of his mouth while he rants uncontrollably. You have a point mate, but seriously guy, go get a blow job.

  • chuck

    Jan 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Online guy
    Relax pardner, is what it is, dont get a heart attack!
    Boothroyd ? dont think so, why ? cause he`s going to be cheap or as free agent ?
    Got to get out of this buy anyone who comes cheap attitude.
    What we should be looking at is replacing some of the second tier quality with players who can improve the side.
    As for Larsson looking out for his future, tell me how many of the readers of this blog would`nt accept the highest wage offered by competing employers?
    Greedy players, southern bias, some of you really have to grow up!

  • Lynxie

    Jan 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #37


    ……….and whats the story with the weather lately, isn’t it about time we put our foot down and wrote a stiff letter to someone!

    ….and dont get me started with the price of deisel.

  • daneevz

    Jan 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #38

    J.Bothroyd very good player id welcome him and he be a bargain for such a small fee.! he’ll bag us goals!! Im from and seen him play a couple of times very intelligent player.

  • SwedEric

    Jan 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #39

    For a proven PL player like Larsson, to just call him money grabber, because he tunr down 20k in wages I think is a bit daft! Almost no players get less than 30k+ today, and as his agent said the wage differens between clubs was 15k/week. 20k is lods, but if you can choose between 20k and almost the dubble, and your 25, witch means it´s one of your last contracts, I can understand he want´s more than 20k!

    And also, it´s not 10k he´s on now, he´s on 8k. Compare that to other players who earn 60k and don´t even play. He is not poor, but Larsson isn´t realy super rich!

    And also, in EPL to give a player a precontract, like you talk about we should give Bothroyd, the rule isn´t like out in europe. Say in spain any club can talk to a player and agree a contract. In EPL the club still has to agree for the other player to come and talk to him untill the contract is out.

    So I don´t se why Cardiff would say “yes, you talk to him about taking him for nothing, but we wouldn´t mind if you also give us 2,5M and get him 5 mounts earlier…” During the january window I guess they will try and get money for the club to talk to the player…

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 14, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #40

    to the likes of shotbro and richy – I dont feel that we are in a good position. All the teams below us are strengthening and we sit back whilst fatash takes the pi55 with players / agents etc. I am not for going back to the 100K a week player but their must be a balanc . We are going nowhere except the Championshiup if we stick to 20K a week freebies or loaners.


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