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Newcastle Pursue Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson

One of our Swedish readers Erik, has alerted us that Newcastle have submitted a £4.3M bid for 23 year-old Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson, which is being reported in Sweden.


Sebastian Larsson – played for Birmingham last two seasons

One of Sweden’s biggest football sites, fotbollskanalen.se, is reporting that Newcastle United have bid 50 million Swedish Kronor (about £4.3M) for Birmingham City’s midfield star Sebastian Larsson.

Larsson just turned 23 last Friday, and Larsson’s agent has confirmed that he has been in contact with Newcastle.

We are also hearing the news is on Swedish TV, and that Birmingham want to wait until after Euro 2008 is over, but Newcastle are pressing for a deal now.

The TV reports say that Larssons’ agent and Newcastle representatives have already been in discussions. We would suppose that would be Dennis Wise, but there is also news on Swedish TV that Keegan has also been in on the discussions.

There is also news that Larsson himself has spoken in glowing terms of Newcastle United, as a club, so that’s good news.

Larsson has played 78 times for Birmingham in the last two years, scoring 10 goals and has played 12 times for the Sweden Under-21 side.

Larsson received his first call-up to the full Sweden squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying games against Liechtenstein and Northern Ireland, in October 2007.

He finally made his debut for Sweden in February of this year, playing the full 90 minutes in a friendly against Turkey in Istanbul .

Sebastian was named in Sweden’s 23-man squad for the 2008 European Championships.

He has represented his country 4 times so far and of course Sweden will play Greece tomorrow evening in their first game of Euro 2008, where we expect he will be a substitute.

It’s not clear to us if Birmingham have rejected the bid, but that wouldn’t surprise us if they did, almost as a knee jerk reaction, hoping to get a better price for their player.

Some background on Larsson:

Larsson, who is 5′ 10″ tall, joined the Arsenal Academy when he was just 16 years old from Sweden’s Eskilstuna City FK, his home town club.

A regular member of the Arsenal Under-19 team in 2003/2004, Sebastian Larsson played some games for the Arsenal Reserve side in 2004/2005.

Larsson played three times for the full Arsenal side in the Carling Cup during 2004/2005, and made a further nine appearances in the 2005/2006 season.

In August 2006, Sebastian moved to Birmingham City on a season-long loan and the switch proved to be the making of the youngster.

Comments welcome.

69 comments so far

  • matt

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #1

    premiership proven, has scored some wonder goals and his awareness is unmatched for most 23 year olds already in the league

    great move guys, whoever’s responsible.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #2

    qaulity, qaulity, qaulity player, does anyone know wether or not he would be intrested in coming to us?

  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Larrson is great and in our reach, get him, fast .

    PS: let’s also get Van der Vaart’s wife 😀


  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Why wouldnt he?

  • reggie22

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #5

    y is it that everynight before a team is goin to play we are ggo to buy 1 var der vaart now larsson that means tommorrow we will all be talkin about turan again then thursday we will be buyin a german on friday a van der vaart again and so on i love the rumours but since modric fell through i just dont hold out till i see em the black & white nice to dream its a shame thats all were doing at the moment !

  • tommyy

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree with Tom, it’s a step up from Birmingham is it not?

  • Danny

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Hes too good for the championship….A very realistic player and dead ball specialist!

    Will guarantee us at least 5 goals….he should be part of a new 3 man midfield with Butt and Arda!

    Do it Keegan…And do it now! We couldn’t ask for a better replacement for Barton…

    Very good player…as they all are from Arsenal!

  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed….your killing me mate, every time i post a link it takes 4 hours to appear…the lads are unable to see some serious eye-candy i’m posting here man 😀

  • Swepalle

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #9

    what i have read in swe papers he has spoken to Keegan

  • KKK

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Very impressed with Larsson when i’ve seen him this season, works very hard and scores some absolute cracking goals. This could well be the replacement for Emre or with all of this news of Milner to Liverpool (which i doubt) he could be his direct replacement. But i would be happy if we spent up to £7M for him…£4M would be a steal.

  • tommyy

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Just imagine… Van Der Vaart, Arda Turan, Sebastian Larrson, Bafetimbi Gomis, Macelo Mattos. I would be very happy with those players! obviously it will not happen, but just maybe we could get one or two?

  • tommyy

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #12

    ToonKing… What is it mate?

  • Nev

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #13

    £4.3mil seems abit excessive .. but a very good player
    im suprised hes had positive views about him from the previous 6 comments … i thuaght some people mite think hes abit mediocre for us (ya know what some of us are like lol)
    over all id give the thumbs to signing him … was birminghams best player last season .. kapo and zartate are the other players that spring to mind

  • Danny

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #14

    I am more looking forward to seeing Larrson in our team than a lot of the names mentioned…

    Without getting ahead of ourselves I think there are some very approachable players who would make us a very good team next year…Forget the Aimar’s and the like….We should target players under 25 so we can always sell on when their contract is coming to an end and their not staying….


    These would all make us a better team…What you think boys?

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #15

    £4.3m excessive nev!!!!! its loose change these days for a very good premiership proven player

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #16

    JESUS !! You guys crack me up. Talk about fickle. 😀
    Actually think this type of player is all we can get this season, but thats ok with me. Deffo not a mistake, unlike these crazy bids for ronaldo/ronaldinho etc. Been there seen it done it, and it dont work. Hopefully things are being managed better now at NUFC, now WE all need to be more patient and accept that things are turning for the better. But it still might take a couple more seasons to come to fruition.

  • Eric

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Hur ser du på Newcastle?

    – Det är en stor och bra klubb och om man är intresserad är det smickrande. Men just nu sköter min agent (Per Jonsson) allt sÃ¥dant och jag koncentrerar mig pÃ¥ EM.

    Basicly a question to Seb from fotbollskanalen.se

    What do you think of Newcastle?
    – It´s a big and great club, and if they are intrested I´m happy. But at the moment my agent does all of that stuff and I concentrate on the Euros.

    And later his agent also says that the ball is with Birmingham and that he deffenetly will leave them to play in the PL.

    I for one hopes he ends up in Newcastle then, both a good player in a good age, and also would realy love to have a countrymen in the team!

    Tomorrowit looks like he will start on the right, accourding to all “experts”… So you can watch him, although I know we have our “targets” to watch every day…

  • scott9

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #18

    i think he wud be a great signing definatley for 4.3m

  • 51times

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I’d be very happy with Larsson, I remember that one goal where he looked so much like Messi is was unbelievable. Fair enough it was against a championship side but it was still some amazing dribbling.

  • Local_Hero

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #20

    As a fellow Swede I just want to tell you all that fotbollskanalen is like the Sun and the reporter who made this discovery, Olof Lundh, is a true joke.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 9, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #21

    I will be happy when he signed, b4 then I wont comment

  • Andy1

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d take Engelaar or De jong. They both looked class tonight. Engelaar could be amazing with his size in the Prem.

  • Andy1

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Larsson’s a classy player. We’d still need to add a bit more creativity but he is far better than Geremi. He takes a great freekick and is technically very adept

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #24

    andy1- totally agree both were immense 2night, doubt wed go for engelaar with him being 28 dont fit in our youth policy, but id still lyk to see him, but de jong on other hand only 23 so wud be a top signing for us

  • petworth (DC) magpie

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #25

    another player I thought we should have been in for before he transfered. I mean what did B’ham pay? 500k? Another steal that wouldn’t have taken much foresight. I rate him a lot but would have a hard time payin’ 7M for him!

    And all those who doubt us signing VDV or Moutinho should have a little more hope. You have to put them in a similar class as Modric and we almost had him. I think the boss knows it’s gonna take a signing like that to appease the fans.

  • petworth (DC) magpie

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #26

    From the Dutch game, who was the young sub who hit the crossbar? he looked lively.

    Anyone know his contract situation?

  • Daniel

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #27

    If we bring him in and let Emre go, its basically like for like, except we have brought in a younger, hungrier, less injury prone (there, i said it, he’ll get injured tomorrow) alternative for either the same money or slightly less. We cant have a team full of superstars, and these are the sorts of players that make a team (Rob Lee wasnt a superstar when he signed, nor was Batty and Butt, but look how important they are)

  • Andy1

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Found this on the Lazio official site. I’m guessing it’s saying we have sold Rozehnal to them.

    Here’s the translation I got:

    David Rozenhal is gambler of the Latium. The Society communicates to have perfected today its ransom from the English club of the Newcastle so like in the limits reached an agreement on. Twenty seven-year-old central biancoceleste with beyond 40 entries in the National Ceka was one of the protagonists of the success of the Republica Ceka on the Switzerland in the competition of opening of the European in course.

  • Andy1

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Larsson would be a good signing because he has prem experience and has shown he is capable. He is fairly versatile and he would I am sure love to return to the Premier League straight away. Newcastle will be a step up and he will be hungrier to impress. It is a positive signing where a player will not just be motivated by money.

  • Leo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #30

    QUALITY not qaulity? lol

    would put a smile on my face get kapo too

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Petworth, his name is Ibrahim Afellay, he wants to leave PSV.

  • ToonDaft

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #32

    would be a good signing, hopefully the first of lots of quality

  • ToonDaft

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #33

    oh, and keep up the great work Ed!!! here’s to a swift 10m hits

  • gonufc

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Hope so. He reminds me a bit of Beckham, great passing and set pieces and scores the odd goal, reckon he’d fit in really well in the 3 in midfield system.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #35

    Hope to see Salpigidis for Greece tomorrow along with Torosidis and Tziolis of the lesser well known players, all very, very good.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Cracking player

    Sign him up…he deserves better than the Championship

    Its also good to see that from comments others agree so to, and not that we must always try buy the Van Der Vaarts of the world…even tho that would be nice 😀

    Ashleys sort of player, cheap and young

  • richie

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #37

    for a while now iv been saying we should sign seb, hes a realistic target and i hope it goes tru

    i think he is good now but will get even better,,its sounds outrageous but i think he could become one of the best midfielders in the prem in 3 to 4 yrs. iv thought about the age point regardin midfielders,,,

    lamps in his early 20’s was good but by no means brillaint
    same wit carrick and jenas who have become excellent prem midfielders with age, seb is jus 23 and at present can hold his own and more,,in time he will b even better, i really believe he may hit the levels of some of the players iv mentioned

    wat do u all think??

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Very outrageous statement richie, but who know’s he has to prove alot b4 any1 can say that, but he would be a good solid signing. 🙂

  • 51times

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #39

    Jenas did well with us but he hasn’t really moved on while at the Yids. We ripped them off getting the money we did for him.

  • petworth (DC) magpie

    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #40

    I think we all agree with you Gregg let’s just hope we can get him in and at a good price.

    Did we ever confirm the Emre’s transfer and a price?

    Tom how much you reckon Afellay would cost? Anyone else impressed?


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