Newcastle Still In Pole Position For Swedish International?


Newcastle came close to signing Birmingham City winger Sebastian Larsson in January, but then his club Birmingham called off any deal, and wanted Larsson to see out his contract at the club.

Seb Larsson – a Newcastle player come June?

That contract runs out in June, but that hasn’t stopped the Swedish International from putting in some fine performances recently for the Blues.

And indeed his fine form has also attracted clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City and Sunderland, although Newcastle seem to still be in pole position to sign Larsson in the summer.

And we have to hope progress is being made by the club to get him on a deal to come to Newcastle.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is still hoping to persuade the 25-year-old to sign a new deal to stay at Birmingham, but there seems precious little chance of that happening,  although Sebastian keeps saying that’s possible, like any good politician would.

However his agent only recently said that his client would definitely be leaving, and they were more than upset upset at Birmingham’s less than professional handling of the player in January, when the club changed their minds at least twice, about whether they would let him leave during the transfer window.

Newcastle are said to have bid £1M for Larsson in early January, and even looked to have the deal wrapped up at one point.

The last time the Birmingham club said he couldn’t  leave was around 8 days before the end of the transfer window in  January, and his agent at that time said they had been in negotiations with Newcastle United.

Larsson could even be the first player that Newcastle announce is coming to Tyneside  this summer – we hope so in any case.

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51 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Who cares, not flash, just decent.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    also, is he better than routledge, i dont think so.

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    twice better than Routledge, good backup player and also FREE. Plus got international experience (and premierleague experience)

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Yep lets get all excited about a FREE player

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  • solano

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Puts a good ball in, good worker but unspectacular skills-wise and certainly not top-notch……a player suited to where we are as a club…

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    We hear sooo much about the 35M avaar money and the 20M per yer fat ash is going to pump in and yet we are still looking at freebies.

    And of course we have a number of players WANTING To leave in the summer – more money for the slugs coffers

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  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    no difference between him and ryan taylor in all honesty …

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    I guess the balls in the slugs court.

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  • Stuart

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Haha jesus christ. Everyday I come on and people are whinging that we have a threadbare squad, yet as soon as we’re linked with someone who would obviously be a squad player next year you all say no.

    We could either pay out £5m-£7m for two right wingers, or we could bring him in and spend £10m on a better RW.

    Just because we have money doesnt mean we need to throw it at anyone that wants it. If we use the money well we could easily bring in the 8 or so players we’ll need.

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    No pace .cant score goals no point signing him in my opinion

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    @Stuart
    Were only getting him cause hes free lets be honest if his contract wasnt running out would we fork out money for him?
    No we wudnt cause HES NOT WORTH IT

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    I dont think we need 8 players – 4 quality ones would do – the likes of Kadar and Vukic could fill a gap.

    However, is there a will, within the club, to do this or are we going for the freebies and cheapies and then selling on for a profit?

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  • Stuart

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Connor, Newcastle answered your question in January when we almost signed him for 1m.

    My point is, if he comes he wont be first choice RW next season, he’ll be cover. You know, the thing we’ve been shouting about all season?

    If we need to fill out the numbers in our squad why would you turn down the opportunity to get a decent player for nothing?

    We’re obviously going to be looking at actual transfers aswell. Its just about using the money sensibly.

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  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    but i guess we might bring him in becasue ryan taylor wants to leave?

    because ryan taylor isn’t able to dislodge barton out of the right wing position at the moment , so not sure if larsson can in the near future

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  • daneevz

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    What a moaning bunch!!! he’d bring strength in depth the fact he’s free doesnt come in to it but its a bonus. We are not gonna buy 4/5 superstars we be lucky to get 1 but hes a good back solid with experience as u only got to look at the squad now to realise that at the mo we a 13 man squad outside that is youth and inexperience players so imo S.Larrson more than welcome!!

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #16

    1million is nothing m8 .he only looks gd cause he plays in a very bad birmingham team the wingers we have nw are far better than him

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  • Stuart

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Good Point FarAwayGeordie,

    Everyones list of outgoing players has included Ryan Taylor because he can’t get a game and is sick of being backup. Larrson would basically be his replacement.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    what happened to the french guy sylvain Marveux. surely we can have a look at him for free. but no arsenal reject would do us fine. what abt juan albin. no

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  • danielnufc4life

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we need a new right back, left back (as cover for jose and play fergie on left wing) right winger, devensive midfield cover, and 2 or three premier league stikers (20+ goals a season)

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  • daneevz

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    u all mad we need atleast 10 new faces in the summer to make a squad in depth for nxt yrs europe drive hed be more than average squad player!

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Larsson’s PL stats so far read 3 goals and 6 assists.
    That’s playing in a team that’s struggled the PL this season and one that is not known for it’s attacking qualities.

    Joey Barton has 4 goals and 8 assists and he IMO is one of the players of the season throughout the PL.
    1 more goal and 2 more assists.
    Not a huge difference, plus Larsson is 2 yrs younger and is just as gifted technically.
    Granted he’s not fast or skilful, but that never held back Beckham! Play to his strengths, when he gets the ball with time and space he delivers better than most in this league. Would take him in a heart beat at the price he’s at!

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #22

    He takes all corners and freekicks . 6 assists is rubbish and 3 goals including 1 penalty is not a gd return

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  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Connor your comment number 10 are you on about Ameobi . LOL

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Ameobi is a tank m8

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  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Do you not mean a wank.

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  • AlanSmith.

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    away from larsson..

    alan pardew was at the Reading V Sheffield United game yesterday (was sat about 10 metres or so away from him) and i think he was looking at shane long. while shane long has had an excellent season this season with reading i do not think he is premier league standard.

    however mathieu manset [another reading striker] i think could do a job. big strong physical player who never gives up on anything, seen him a few times this season [as i live in reading and mates supports them, i get to see a few games]. he would cost next to nothing <1 mil and could definatly bring something to the squad.

    otherwise maybe he was there watching joe mattock/shane lowry as possible replacements for enrique? also young reading keeper alex mccarthy has had an excellent season, keeping the first choice keepers out of the team for a while now. i know we dont need keepers as we have 3 perfectly good ones, but could be an investment?

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #27

    With such a threadbare squadf now, plus a few players likely to be moved on, we need quite a few new players.
    Some ‘stars’, some squad, some youngsters. Yet too many peolle seem to be moaning when the names mentioned are squad or younsters – they are part of the picture.
    Hopefully the ‘stars’ will come later. If they don’t, that is the time to moan, not now.

    Larsson can do a good job as backup and to keep a ‘star’ honest but I don’t see him as the complete answer to RM.

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  • NOVA2967

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Money should be spent on two strikers.
    Krancjar for 5 million over Larsson.
    I think we have youth players who wont get in the team if we sign freebies just for a roster spot.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Exactly nova – we seem to be between two models – either invest in young talent and see them develop by playing thenm in the EPL or we get cheap / free players who can do a job – keeping out the youngsters and maybe keeping us in the EPL (mid table at best).

    The likes of Larsson adds nothing – just an extra wage – and why would he want to come if he cant get a game – is he a mercenary??

    This summer is decision time – we either aim high or we satisfy ourselves with players that will do a job and keep us in the EPL. As a mere fan we dont have the choice to make

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Black n White Barmy – Kadar and Vuckic? They’re never bloody fit. Perhaps some money could be spent in the summer on a decent conditioning trainer. Ben Arfa is spending this week in France to some ‘intense conditioning work’. Just about sums this club up. Some of you have no idea what is going on behind the scenes, and are in for a nasty shock when you begin to realise just how much, or should I say little, will be spent on transfer FEES this summer.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    indian magpie,

    it’s been well documented marveaux is going to liverpool

    Would rather see the likes of Ferguson and lua Lua get games ahead of larsson. People say we’re threadbare but the only youngster who really got a chance was carroll and that worked pretty well ! Instead of signing mediocre freebies on additionalw ages, why not promote Ferguson, Lua, lua, Vuksic, Kadar , Krul, Tavernier etc and get 2 really good strikers.

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  • colwell

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #32

    WE don`t need him. If we buy one decent RW and he becomes injured we can easily fill that void. We have Barton,Jonas and gosling that can all play there.
    Larsson is no better than Raylor who also can`t cross a moving ball. He is a poor average player just because he is free doesn`t mean we should get him.
    I`m all for bargains or young,hungry players but he is awful poor tracking back, NO pace, NO skill i`d keep routledge easily over him.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 26, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Rotonda heights

    its not a done deal we can still persuade him if we try.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Ok jimmymag – “Some of you have no idea what is going on behind the scenes”

    What do you know?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Indian

    we couldn’t match wages sadly

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  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #36

    I agree, we should push our youngsters on instead of buying pointless players who wont get a game, and i’m sure there will be more bargians out there than larrson. Its time to start giving ferguson and lua lua a chance, other wise what was the point of pushing them through if we just leave them?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 26, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Routledge should be kept and converted in to a second striker and use his pace to get on to through balls like he is at QPR, not having to worry about putting 50/50 crosses all the time.

    We have absolutely no pace at all.

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  • chuck

    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #38

    An average player, better than Raylor or Guthrie, but not a great improvement.
    Show some ambition and bring in someone like Kranjcar, if you want another midfielder, can play across the midfield line, bitta versatility like.
    But we need some help up front, with only Best doing anything.
    And the defense needs attention, a couple or three fullbacks and at least one CD, love to get someone like Samba, a dominating presence.

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Larsson may be free but he’ll still cost wages.
    Why buy mediocrity – we already have that in Ryan Taylor?
    It seems that some fans just want to sign loads of players to fill up the squad regardless of quality.
    As previously said, the Elmanders, Doyles, Warnocks, Larrsons, Longs, and Gradels of this world are NOT what we should be looking for.
    And before anyone comes on accusing I’m suggesting outlandishly expensive signings I’m not – Ben Arfa, Williamson and Tiote anyone?
    If journeyman players haven’t made it at their club they’re pretty unlikely to make it here.

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  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 26, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Wow, it’s like handbags in this thread lol

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