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Newcastle Turned Off Keane And Bentley By High Valuations

The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that the Tyneside club are in for Birmingham City winger Seb Larsson, but for just £1M.

Robbie Keane – Spurs paid Liverpool £12M for him two years ago
That’s hardly Newcastle’s fault 😀

There’s not much new news in the Journal report,  other than Newcastle have been turned off Tottenham players,  because of their high valuations.

As we had suspected, Newcastle were also interested in Keane and Bentley from Spurs, at least on loan,  but with Spurs having paid out ridiculous fees of £12M and £16M for those players in the past, they are trying to get fees which are hardly representative of the players’ current values.

Newcastle have been turned off  by those high transfer fees – and that’s good sensible business by Newcastle.

Newcastle were only interested in taking both Keane and Bentley on loan, but as Harry Redknapp has told anybody who will listen, the London club would prefer permanent deals – well the best of luck – but as we reported earlier today –  it looks like Bentley will go to Birmingham on loan.

The Journal is reporting that Seb Larsson was not the signing Alan Pardew was hoping to make before today, but that deal just hasn’t happened- whoever it was for.

Larsson’s agent, Per Jonsson, was coy when he talked about his client’s intentions today:

“A lot of teams like him. Newcastle? It is too early to say anything about that at the moment,”

“I know that he is with Birmingham at the moment and he is preparing for their FA Cup game at Millwall.”

“He is not the type of guy who will cause any problems if another team has bid for him or there is other interest.”

The Journal is reporting that Seb would be keen to join Newcastle, and we remember when the club expressed interest in him in the summer of 2008, after Birmingham had been relegated, he waxed lyrical about what a great club Newcastle was.

So we have to think he would  jump at the chance to come to Tyneside.

Seb seems like a really good professional, and even though there have been contract negotiations going on at Birmingham for some time now, he has played very well for the team this season, and would be a great capture for Newcastle.

We had hoped however, that Newcastle could have done the deal before Seb is cup tied with Birmingham today.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • McGroin

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    David Bentley has completed his loan move to Birmingham City,While Birmingham City have accepted a Bid from Newcastle United for Seb Larsson reportedly for 1.5 Million. Mr.Pardew is hopefully about the deal will be done before the Sevenage game.If the deal is done,Seb Larsson will not be cleared for the Sevenage game and If to wait for his debut against Sunderland next week.
    Told ya.

  • balubas1

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I rate Seb Larsson higher than both Keane and Bentley… Bentley would be a good signing, but Keane would be a waste of time.. I just hope we nail Seb now. He will be a very good addition to the squad.

  • McGroin

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3


  • arcarius

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    On a second thought

    Wouldnt Larsson’s signing be abit redundant (if we were to sign him) when R.Taylor’s is fit again?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Seb larsson is 100 times the player of Ryan taylor

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Arcarius, no we can u both of them at the dame time

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7


    Do you reckon if you keep flagging it up, it will eventially come true !

  • arcarius

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    100 times Ryan Taylor will ever be? lol

    Not so sure about that

    Crossing – both of them are equally good in my opinion
    Direct free kick – need I elaborate more?

    No doubt Larsson is the better player between the two, exactly by how much?

    Not much, I’d reckon 😮

    Both of them at the same time? LoL
    Both of them are right footed
    Then where will Barton or Benny be when they’re back?

  • McGroin

    Jan 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope so.

  • wiltshiretoon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Why would we need Keane? Ranger and Loven can do a job for us. Don’t want Bentley but Seb looking good for that kind of money imo.

  • daneevz

    Jan 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Very happy bout this:-
    Newcastle United | News | Latest News | Latest News | New Deal For Vuckic

  • Brutooon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Comparing ryantaylor and larsson is no use, why not compare larsson and routledge?

    Larsson is 100 times better than routledge

  • bostonmagpie

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    brilliant news about vuckic,hopefully he’ll get a game today.
    have we actually had bid accepted then? theres alot of conflicting stories….

  • kunal

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    we should rather get pederson or whatever his name is
    cause we have players who can cross from the right but no winger to cross from left
    jose is no winger so………

  • Spuggy

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    We have Arfa who’s natural position is on the left wing.

    So wingers would be….


    Perfect cover as you need 2 good players in each position to provide depth to the squad. R Taylor is a utility player.

  • Sav

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think the chicken stranglers are about to let MGPederson go, though.
    Are ‘Top 4’ Spurs showing a little bit of respect by preferring to lend Bentley to Brum instead of us? They can whistle for their 28 million though.
    As for Robbie Keane, he’s had something like 78 million in transfers spent on him over his career to date.
    Which begs the inevitable conclusion that more people thought he WOULD score goals and fit in than actually thought he DID do it. He’s a good lad but he has never quite delivered on his promise.

  • free giveaways

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Larsson is better than Ryan Taylor and Routledge but there is no way he is better than Bentley.

    David Bentley is a superb player. Just because he hasn’t played regularly for the past two years doesn’t mean he isn’t a god player anymore. Remember how good he was at Blackburn just before Spurs payed £16 m for him.

    I’m really disappointed we’ve missed out on him. Because of Mike Ashley we can’t even compete with Brum in terms of wages.

  • bostonmagpie

    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #18

    larsson is on the birmingham bench


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