Newcastle Make Last Ditch Move For Seb Larsson

If the Sunday Mirror is to be believed, Newcastle are going back to Birmingham with a new offer to buy Sebastian Larsson, before the deadline window closes on Monday night.

Seb Larsson – yes – I’m joining Newcastle !

The news is that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is making a new £1M move for ­Birmingham’s right sided midfield player, whose contract runs out in the summer.

Newcastle have been linked with Larsson since the summer of 2008, but more recently all this month, but the news at one point was that the Tyneside club withdrew from the proposed deal, because the Swede’s wage demands were too high.

However, about a week ago that seemed to be untrue, as his agent said they were still negotiating with the Newcastle club, when Birmingham surprisingly  told the player he could not leave the club in January, and Larsson immediately put in a transfer request.

However, at the time it appeared that Larsson’s agent was also a little fed up with Birmingham messing his client around, and said Birmingham needed to get some class.

Apparently, the Midlands club had earlier told the player he could leave in January, if a suitable offer was received, and indeed announced they had reached an agreement on the fee with the famous Tyneside club.

So what does this news tell us?

We’re not exactly sure, but having watched the winger in action this month, he would seem to be an excellent signing for Newcastle United – and one of his strengths is that he can certainly cross the ball, and can play in a number of different positions.

We can only assume that the new offer is an increase on the earlier offer made by Newcastle, in an attempt to entice the Birmingham club to do the deal, and if that’s the case we think this is a good move by Newcastle.

Blackburn Rovers are the other club still interested in signing the 25 year-old 27 times capped Swede, but of course Birmingham is a smaller club than Newcastle, who are getting 52,000 home gates again at St. James’ Park, and seem to be back on the rise.

And only yesterday Aston Villa’s  Gerard Houllier had said he would be interested in the free agent in the summer.

Alan Pardew had said yesterday that he was fairly confident he could bring in two new faces before Monday night at 11:00pm, when the transfer window finally closes.

It would appear the main targets are Stephen Ireland and Seb Larsson, and if the club can get both of them through the window before late Monday night – with Ireland being on loan from Aston Villa – that would be good business for the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • Darling27

    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Larsson and cover for Enrique.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #3

    don’t like the new banner


    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t know how I’ll sleep now, the excitment of Larsson coming in is quite underwhelming.

  • Toon XI

    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Load of bollocks. We’ll not have anyone coming in this month. Pardew has been deflecting the truth.

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jan 30, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #6

    newcastle make bid for keiren westwood coventry keeper reported in the mirror?

    what about tim krul?

  • MacToon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s Sunday boring Sunday and the stories will come thick n fast with very little truth in them.
    Only got ’till Monday night to wait and make sure Andy isn’t sold and maybe one or two in!… but I’m not holding my breath.

  • RossGellar

    Jan 30, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope we sign him if for no other reason than to shut everyone up who’s complaining about the lack of signings.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 30, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t believe it

  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 30, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #10

    I may be wrong……. But Fifa says he is 27 years old…. Oh well.

  • henock1989

    Jan 30, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #11

    useless player

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 30, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Hope it will not be true also

  • Toonmania

    Jan 30, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #13

    if this is what pardew is thinking of bringing in then all i hope is we don’t have time to sign them not really impressed with any of the “targets” so far.

    i also see that enrique is being touted by The Star (Enough said) as a summer signing for Manure & Liverpool

  • Brutooon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Sign him, becos routledge is out forever!

    We need new face to boost the team

  • arfa chance

    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Underwhelmed and frankly bored now. Larrson can cross but chuff all else.

  • arfa chance

    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Manure have fabio to bring through so doubt Enrique for.them. the Jan window sucks

  • joppadoni

    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Larsson would be an excellent addition. does no one actually watch football or what? hes prolly brummies best player..

    dont be underwhelmed..

    dont moan about the banner either, though a previous one was better 😀

    howay andy murray, hope he wins today

    happy sunday all! ( im at work, FFS )

  • cyprus

    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Larrson is not as good as Rout, thus a step back. Ed, and many of you, modern wingers are not only about crossing the ball on the number 9’s head any more. This type of game is very predictable (even with an AC) and contributed to English football falling behind the continent a few decades back. More so, ‘wingers’ help break down defensive formations through intricate play (see Jonas, Lennon for illustration).

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Lennon is good haha

  • toon_dog

    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #20

    quite frankly a feel a lil left behind in the window, obviously we have signed a starlet in benny boy (lets just hope he’s not mentally scarred from the injury) but i cant see how keane wouldnt have improved our striking department fair enough its going against our youth policy but we have youngens coming through so a bit of proven experiance in the PL wouldnt be bad to fire us on for the rest of the season.
    we should have got him on loan with view to buy there for he comes with no wopping price tag and under no pressure other than if he preforms he plays so the ball would be in his court.
    and keane would fit in well with our players as he aint exactly lazy and he will battle for the team.
    im just hoping GC has got another lil gem lined up like tiote but in striking department n personally i think we need to get CT signed up on the longest contract we can cos lets face it he wont be on that much and who does not love that player he’s immence.
    i just been watching that sessegnon on youtube n he looks class i just hope hes a massive flop cos hes went to the scum.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Jan 30, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #21

    I follow PSG and Sessegon is class but a bit of a headcase. Should do well for Sunderland, Unfortunately.

    I’m a little surprised Newcastle haven’t signed a left back. If the bull gets injured who do we have? Perch?

  • arfa chance

    Jan 30, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Larrson is avg in my opinion and yes I have seen him play lots this season. He rarely pushes up into the final third and get to the byline. He crosses from deep which joey does. Which will put pressure on midfield competing us. Not pacey but ok defensively. Better than nothing as routs has gone. Squad player imo, once injuries come back.

  • arfa chance

    Jan 30, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Sessegon is talented but a bit of a nutter. Benny is the better of the two.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Routledge is the only winger in the world who never beat any defenders! And cant cross

    He got speed and thats all, his passing is backwards all thetime.

    Larsson is better three times than routledge

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Cyprus 18

    Couldn’t have put it better. 99%% of crosses just get headed away. In England our skilful, fast players are automatically told to be wingers to put in hit and hope crosses. But look at the best treams like barca and man u, they don’t play with giant target men and wingers, they play proper passing football. They would never expect the likes of Messi to be a winger. Their wide players can come inside and square the ball or play through balls.

  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #26

    id be happy to take larrson and Ireland i think they are better than some of the players that we have got larrson is better than routledge and ireland is better than guthrie and any one who says they have seen them play and they are s##t must have been watching netball or somet because have got class so sign them up AP

  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #27

    *because they have got class so sign them up AP*

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Guy its all happening now! Lee charney ??bringin 3 players in at 12 clock, hopefully al get sum names, plus shola havin chrisning he must jus had kid!

  • MykToonFan

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #29


    Another average player asking for stupid wages.

    We need pace in the team – we have players who can pass the thing. Pundits said earlier in the season that we wouldn’t have the pace to frighten teams at home, and it’s true.

    We’ve been better away from home when we can soak up the pressure.

    We need HBA back and we need to get someone else with a bit of pace and trickery.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Coozy, I think lee charney is the club secratary!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #31


    Couldn’t understand getting rid rid of routlege and his pace, if not as a winger then a second striker

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #32


    Probably Puncheon ( perch / best level) and had 15 clubs already!!)

    Ireland : mercenary loony tune !!

    Larrson: Average to mediocre mercenary !!

    Great!! when it could have been Taarabt, El Arabi, Gradel and Piatti.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #33


    you obviously didn’t see routledge at Wigan then. every time he beat their full back, it’s his crossing that’s c..p. That’s why he should have been played as a striker

  • shrek

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Strollas had a kid…. Explains why he couldn’t run against spuds!. Probably up all night changing nappies! Actually, on second thoughts, he is just a lazy b@st@rd.

  • nufcgaz687

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #35

    how could it have been Taarabt,or Gradel they are like big AC to there clubs qpr dont need to sell and they have good money behind them and leeds are being revived so they are out of the question i think Ireland and Larrson with the prices that are floating about at the min are good shouts

  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Mark my words, there will be a suprise!!

  • MykToonFan

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #37

    Anyone else praying that Taarabt’s little strop yesterday will have pissed the club off enough to let him go? 😉

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Why do some people not believe that Podolski could wear a Newcastle shirt! or Kader Keita (the one who got Kaka sent off in that match against Ivory Coast, he might be a diver but to me he looks like a good player, could be a good shout!


    Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique


    Barton Nolan

    Podolski Carroll Ben Arfa

    To me that looks gorgeous!

  • MykToonFan

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #39

    I agree that Podolski would be a great signing.

    Can’t see him coming here though. Plenty of clubs in the Champions League would be willing to give him a chance, in spite of his average recent form.

  • colwell

    Jan 30, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Get Larsson in we need a player too come in to sit on the bench. He`s shite at best, Brum fans all say he`s gash so lets get him in. What a signing!


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