Sebastian Larsson Likely To End Up On Tyneside

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.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • gorskino10

    Feb 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Dont need him he is slow and hardly gets down the by line which for a winger is bad, even Carr gets futhur down the line than him, i admint nice setplays and corners but there is no point him being in the team for those 2 instances tbh!

  • Solaidback

    Feb 11, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure that if he had the choice between the Toon & Villain, that he would choose the Toon, especially as Villa is just down the road & he wouldn’t have to move, plus they’d probably offer him a better deal than we could & they’ve more chance of Europe than we have, so what make you think we’ll have a chance Ed???

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Feb 11, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, you missed the part where he said he wanted to stop at Birmingham and that he doesn’t want to leave.

  • ginkoh

    Feb 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s good players and I more than happy to have him in our squad.

  • lewman

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #5

    lets hope so ed, would make a great freebie

  • Ezedoesit

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d take him merely as a squad player. Can I reiterate that we have 35 MILLION to spend! Let’s use it on a winger that can BEAT A MAN! that’s all.

    Watch this funny video

  • nimo

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope we have a good game tomorro and take all 3 points, gutted I’ll b missing it for work. 2 of my faVourite toon games were against Blackburn and both in f.a cup – hottinger Clark in the first was a game total classic and the second where shearer got 2 and celebrated with a klinsmann , awesome .. Come on the toon

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Larsson would be a free & a bargain – but assuming we are still a PL outfit we should be looking at good young prospects in the 10m bracket for next season not old freebies.

  • chuck

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Look our midfield when everyone`s fit, looks pretty good to me, a combination of skill and muscle.
    We could use some defensive help, not that keen on Williamson and he`s had enough time, poor positional sense , ball watches and not great distribution.
    We need cover in case of injuries there.
    Up front we need a decent replacement for Carroll, someone either with a track record or a prodigy, no Finnish pensioners please !

  • chuck

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Larsson, hey I dont rate the guy, we have a really good midfielder in Ireland, much better than Larsson will ever be.
    If we are determined to add an additional midfielder then go for Kranjcar, excellent player !
    The only thing that appeals about Larssen , is the fact he`s gonna be a free agent .

  • lewman

    Feb 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #11

    larsson is a great crosser and good at set peices so would be a good freebie and would be good cover for joey if he gets injured. his wages will probably be around 25k a year and we can still buy some better players aswell.

  • jimiley

    Feb 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Hallo peeps. Nepal calling. Larsson would be great signing for FC Ashley. He costs noffin so the director can spend all Andy Carrot monies in casino. Larsson is very slow midfielder and would fit right in with rest of team. A good back up to Smudger. Seems like ideal signing to make FC Ashley richer.
    Hey you peeps, what will FC Ashley do with all monies from Sky, sponsorship and gates? He keeps it and sells best players? Great news!! FC Ashley stay for ever at Toon because Toon give him casino money for long time.

  • toonyoyo

    Feb 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #13

    great freebie good age too fits the get them young policy i can really see him improving with a good young squad round him

  • batty

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #14

    ED give up on your seb larson love affiar plz

  • dunzer1990

    Feb 11, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #15

    for god sake chuck give it a rest you’re talkin absolute bullsh1t about williamson and larsson. He’s had enough time?hello he’s been with us for a year and he’s young so he will develop further just because he had a few weak games doesn’t make him a bad player. Larsson would be an excellent signing for nothing so just because we have 35 million to spend doesn’t mean we have to buy expensive mercenaries rather than employ shrewd tactics in the market and Kuqi is a short term stop gap not an actual replacement for Carroll god some fans can talk the biggest load of sh1t when they clearly have no clue what they’re on about.

  • lewman

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #16

    well said dunzer

  • henock1989

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #17

    35 mill
    Sébastien Corchia (20) CB , being scouted by milan and arsenal ..6 mill on 25k a wek
    Sotiris Ninis (19)…LW.., one on the top players in Europe ..5mill on 20k a wek
    Radosav Petrovi?..(21) CM…people say he is better than luka modrich…and he have proved it..with 7 goal from dm position ..8 mill..45k contrat

  • wynsleap

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Larsson – average player, puts in a decent shift, can play midfield, on the wing or further back, specialises in crossing and set pieces and gets the odd goal every now and again.
    Thought we had that already in Ryan Taylor?

  • Toonpiper

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyone got a working link for tomorrow’s match for viewing in UK? The ones I used to use were all closed down last week by US Dept of Homeland Security 🙁

  • john_cena163

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Guys check out dis

  • willowdalerez

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    @john_cena163 // Feb 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Great Idea… Now I know exactly what to do with my unwanted jersey… gift it to charity. Had been thinking of using it as a rag round the place but couldn’t do that b/c it still carries our colours logo and No. 9!

  • lewman

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #22

    so a load of africans are going to be walking round in carroll shirts, they should all be burnt(i dont mean the africans)

  • Pigott93

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #23

    I dont get why ppl say they dont want him hes free and he’ll give gud depth to de squad 2 i say sign him up along wit gervinho and doumbia

  • john_cena163

    Feb 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Lol guys, let da poors wear it n b happy.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #25

    he definelty ticks all hte boxes

    Will play for less than 40K a week
    No transfer fee

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #26

    wish we had thought of that!
    fancy offering Alan Smith a carthorse?
    anyone worth a donkey or two?

  • lewman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #27

    i am a poor guy john but you wouldnt find me dead in that judas pricks shirt. mike should just send a load of tiote shirts to the africans although he is way too tight to even contemplate that.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #28

    I see that Arsenal are still harping on tonight about the 4-4, but they still forget to mention the 0-1 at their ground. Thank you Arsenal – those were very usefull 4 points.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #29

    St*pid Birmingham, now we can get him for FREEE

    well he is better than roultedge


    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #30

    If he’s free, he’s in, regardless of class or injuries. Fantastic player recruitment policy from Ashley and the Casino king!!!

  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Great signing for free if we can tie him up – better than routledge, can defo cross a ball.

    I think however we desperately need 2 top class strikers and I think that is what at least 20m of the Carroll money should go on, maybe starting with Gervinho if we can land him. Quality striker are everything in the premier league as proven by all the top teams.

    Then we can buy good young defensive and midfield cover, starting with Ireland if he comes good.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #32

    I wonder if we could coax Kranjcar away from Spurs with the prospect of first team football week in week out.

    Then switch Jonas to the right (right footed), and Arfa behind the new big striker, in the hole as they say.

  • RedMissionBells

    Feb 12, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #33

    Hi guys,
    We have a player by the name of Ryan Taylor.
    Also specialises in freekicks and corners and has little pace.
    I have seen Sebestian Larsson’s dead ball situations and he is good.
    Does Larsson have pace though ?
    We need a winger who can beat his man to put in a cross/pass or shoot.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 12, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #34

    The way i see this is Routledge is out of the door for his good

    Larsson as his replacement

  • partizanovec

    Feb 12, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #35

    I think the match today will be a tight affair, veri similar to the first meeting at SJP.
    Then we lost on poor tactics, and I do hope we are even after today’s outcome.
    And if it’s not going to be a win, then it must be a draw. No points giving to teams below us!
    The same goes for Brum on Tuesday.
    Howay the lads!

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 12, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Sebastian Larsson is my nephew, and he can’t wait.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 12, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Why is everyone going on about larrsen not having pace? David beckham has never had pace and hes done alright!!

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 12, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Am really interested in the formation Pardew will play next season and if honest would love to see te Christmas tree make an early appearance with a Andy Carroll ( sorry for the mention ) type forward up top on his own with Ben Arfa and another really fast tricky winger/inside forward supporting him. Then a three man hardworking midfield where I could see larsson playing along side Barton and tiote.
    Going 4-4-2 with larsson dropping out or the new right winger for Nolan and Barton taking up the position on the right!
    Loving the possibility of the flexible nature of our squad! But hey I guess that depends on who we buy!

  • Deshmukh

    Feb 12, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #39

    We should really try out cruzeiro’s Leo and Ninis is a great option too.. If only somehow taarabt and hulk arrive…

  • newcastle29

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #40


    Will try to twitter from the match today


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