We cannot think that Sebastian Larsson will sign a new contract at Birmingham, since it seems the Midlands club have messed him around during the January transfer window.
Seb Larsson – could still arrive on Tyneside this summer – we hope so
Larsson’s contract runs out in the summer, and Newcastle made an attempt to sign the Swedish International in January.
We heard from his agent, when Birmingham decided to stop him leaving in January, and at that time Newcastle were said to be in negotiations with the Swedish winger, after Birmingham had accepted a fee from Newcastle for the player.
However, at the time it appeared that Larsson’s agent was just a little fed up with the Birmingham club messing his client around, and said Birmingham needed to get some class.
But Seb doesn’t seem too happy at the Birmingham club either, as he said today:
‘I’m disappointed at how the club has handled this.” “I clearly stated I didn’t want to be sold and the club said I was not for sale.”
‘Then, after the window had been open one week, they accept an offer. The club then changed it’s mind and said I was no longer for sale.”
“When the club changes its mind five times it feels strange and not good.”
On 22nd January, this is what his agent, Per Johnson, had said:
“On Thursday, Seb gave in a transfer request and Peter Pannu, the acting Chairman, emailed us to say Birmingham would be making a new contract offer.”
“The reason why the request was put in was as a protest at the way Seb has been treated.” “We were told pre-season that the club wanted to sell him, then that they wanted to discuss a new contract which we basically agreed.”
“Then in December a new offer was made which was lower than the one we had verbally agreed, so naturally we turned it down.”
“Then the manager Alex McLeish said he wanted to keep Seb for the rest of the season, then we got an email saying Birmingham had accepted an offer from Newcastle.”
“So, we had been in talks with Newcastle until this Wednesday (19th January) when the plug was pulled again and Birmingham decided they wanted to keep Seb.”
“Birmingham have treated Seb like cattle. Going backwards and forward four times is not acceptable.” “The club needs to sharpen up a bit and get a bit of class.”
So just over a week before the transfer window ended, Newcastle were still negotiating with Larsson, so we have to think the Tyneside club will make another attempt to bring him to Newcastle this summer.
Certainly his agent doesn’t make the Birmingham club look too good, that’s for sure.
It seems that Aston Villa and Newcastle are the two clubs most interested in the player, so we have to think Newcastle would be a big attraction to the Swedish winger, and he comes at a good price too – nothing.