Magpie Target Not Interested in Birmingham Stay


The agent of Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson has said his client will leave St Andrews at the end of the season when his contract expires, and is just not interested in staying at Birmingham.

Sebastian Larsson – on his way in the summer – to Newcastle?

That’s hardly surprising of course, as his agent Per Jonsson has criticized the Birmingham club for changing their minds about three times during January on whether they were going to allow the Swedish International to leave.

Both Jonsson and Larsson have hardly been impressed with the lack of professionalism shown by Birmingham City, and it’s no surprise he will be leaving as a free agent.

Per Jonsson talked about is client’s future plans, with Fotbollskanalen.se today and he was asked if Sebastien was interested in staying on at Birmingham:

“It’s not interesting at all. Of course I see difficulties in him staying at Birmingham.” “It doesn’t bother Sebastian. We are not in negotiations.”

“The new owners have no feelings for Sebastian and they need to realize that there has been a problem there.”

“They might have seen that, but they haven’t found a way around it.”

Larsson has been heavily linked with a free transfer to Newcastle, and indeed in late January, when Birmingham changed their minds – again – and told Seb he couldn’t leave – Jonsson said they were in negotiations with the Newcastle club.

Larsson joined Birmingham in 2007, on a four year deal, and has played over 180 times for the club with 16 goals.

He started his career at Arsenal and has 29 caps with one goal for Sweden.

In a recent poll we had on whether Newcastle should sign Larsson these were the results:

Should Newcastle Sign Free Agent Sebastian Larsson This Summer?

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So it seems a majority of Newcastle fans would be happy enough to see Larsson at Newcastle in the summer.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • nimo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Is he still a toon target or just an Ed target, yeah he’d be a good buy on a free but wi 35 mill- poss 50 wi Enrique, id like to think we could bring in some real quality for that

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  • Stuart

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Nimo, good cover though. We need to bulk out our squad as much as possible.

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  • Rangerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    We don’t need someone there of real quality as long as Barton stays.

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  • dawid182

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    I agree. He’s not a fantastic player, I think we should buy a Douglas Costa,Adam Johnson etc. He’s not a goal oriented winger and that is what need.

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  • dawid182

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    I think he’s not better than R.Taylor, so…..

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  • Stuart

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d rather Barton was playing in CM to be honest, its his natural position and he can boss the game more from the centre.

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  • seanp

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Rangerman – agree he isn’t going to dislodge Barton from the squad but not bad as cover. Don’t see the likes of Larsson being a starter as our first choice midfield is strong but we need strength in depth – Larsson can provide this.

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  • Rangerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Barton looks a far superior player playing out on the right for us than he ever has in a central midfield role, even when he was at City and he had a free role behind 2 midfielders (where we want to play Ben Arfa) he wasn’t playing this well.

    He’s playing the best football of his career and it would be madness to move him.

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  • johnymac

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    sign him up on a 3 year deal, and if he doesnt play well when we have injuries sell him on after the year and recoup the wages spent on him. Im sure he would be easy to get rid of after a year to a newly promoted team, best of all he will bulk up the team for that year and not cost a penny! Works for me on fifa!!!!

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    dawid182 – agree – he’s just another Ryan Taylor type performer. Not particularly fast, steady with a good cross and dead ball.
    Not likely to improve us much and I don’t agree with this “bulking” up of the squad if we’re only bringing in more mediocrity. Even mediocre players come with a wage bill.

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  • archaeomag

    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    A good crosser of the ball and an ideal companion for Carroll . . . maybe he should go to Liverpool!

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  • GeordieJordy

    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Replace Barton with him, Nod doubt Barton is gone along with Enrique

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  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    He can cross a ball well and is good at free kicks and since his contract runs out soon i would take him

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  • HalePeter

    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    We need two wingers that can deliver a ball. Barton is a CAM and wants to play CAM (central attacking midfielder) at the moment he is doing a job on the wing for the toon as thats all we have.

    Players we NEED to sign
    Nolan, Barton, Jose, right winger, left winger, 2 strikers, CAM and a right back whether to replace or as back up for simps.

    GK
    Harps, Krul & Forster

    Def
    Colo, Willio, Saylor, Jose, Simps, Tavernier, *Ferguson
    + one RB in Summer

    Mid
    Nolan, Barton, Gosling, Guti, Tiote, Vuckic, *Ferguson, Ireland (think we’ll take him)
    **BEN ARFA + one Summer signing
    and Raylor for bench

    Stk
    Best & Airey.
    + as many as we can get in !!

    I couldn’t care less if we sold
    Sol, Pearch, Guthrie, Smith, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger and Kuqi.
    They have tried and failed for passion, drive and performance.

    *defence and midfield
    **midfield and striker

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  • gorskino10

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #15

    If anyone has seen him play you will know we dont want him, Slow, Doesnt work hard for the team, cannot beat ANY defenders, ONLY and i mean ONLY think he is good at is setplays. dont need him for that, you can tell by his attitude by playing us about cause he could of signed in Jan wanted too much money and messing his club Birmingham around too dont need him like we dont need Ireland.

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  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Depends where Ashley is happy that we get to next season – survival or Europa.

    …..so I expect we will sign him.

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  • chuck

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #17

    We should sign him because he`s a free agent ?
    Not particularly pacey, which is a plus for a winger, does track back, decent crosser, but overall nothing special.
    Could add to the side`s depth.
    Much rather have Kranjcar, but afraid he does`nt want to leave London and would cost around six million perhaps.
    There are better players out there, but we are all aware of the clubs aversion to non free agents.

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Good FREE player, i dont think he is one high wages. i say YES because every single year we got too many injured players – to avoid Alan Pardew gave excuses when we lose

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  • ASTORIA

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Another free transfer…Yeah great!!! Wow I’m a super fan, we have a great balance sheet and a low wage bill…who needs a successful team with trophies…NOT ME!!! Thanks Ashlyey, I love you man!!!

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  • Sav

    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Looks like we are being readied for market like a pig in the yard.

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