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Larsson Financial Demands Said To Scupper Newcastle Deal

Sky Sports is reporting that Seb Larsson’s financial demands have put off Newcastle United.

Seb Larsson financial demands putting off suitors

There were some hints of that even yesterday but today, the latest news on Sky Sports just a few minutes ago, was that both Newcastle and Sunderland have now ended their interest in the Birmingham winger.

Seb was on £10K/week at Birmingham, so heaven only  knows what he was asking for, but we suspect that Newcastle would have been willing to go to around £20K/week for the Swedish winger, but not much higher than that.

There will perhaps be little sympathy for the player on Tyneside, because the Newcastle United club have been taken to the cleaners more than once by very mediocre players, asking for and getting ridiculous wages to move to Newcastle.

So if Seb doesn’t want to come to Newcastle for a decent wage – then so be it.

Gone are the days when Newcastle will pay out daft wages, and how many millions have Newcastle wasted doing that these last 15 years or so?      The  answer is an awful lot –  millions and millions.

And it now especially true now that the UEFA financial fair play rules are due to kick in at the start of next season, when European football clubs are essentially being forced to balance their books, and the wage bill is by far the biggest expenditure with PL clubs.

Since Seb becomes a free agent in the summer, there may be a chance that Newcastle could sign him to a pre-contract agreement this month, and then sign him for nothing in the summer, but we think Newcastle have probably been put off by the player’s greed.

So it looks like Seb Larsson will not become a Newcastle player.

That’s really unfortunate for him – that’s all we have to  to say.

We’ll have to wait and see which other player(s) Newcastle have in the transfer pipeline.

Comments welcome.

102 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #81

    We have Routledge and he doesn’t lack pace. It’s his football brain that appears to hit a wall when it gets to the final third and that lets him down every time. We have a similar problem on the other end with Spidey. He has the right ideas but his lack of skill is awful as he always loses balance, his first touch is poor, his passing is poor and his delivery is questionable to put it nicely. I feel he offers more than Routledge because of his effort and neat combinations with Enrique down the flank.

    Cutting it short we need better players on our wings desperately. I agree that those you mentioned would improve on what we already have. We have to be quick and grab a good player soon as good wing play is what we lack every game. If we could deliver accurate balls to Carroll’s head every match we’ll win most matches with ease. Ben Arfa long term is just what we needed and more of the same and I’ll be delighted.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #82

    Barton is doing a fabulous job on the right now but I think he can easily do the same in the middle. But I would leave it as it is now as it’s working great. Though we have no depth and natural skill on the wings and that’s very worrying.


  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #83

    moreno,ur right about the standard in the spl i follow the gers,davie weir 41 plays every week and dosent even break a sweat lol

  • GAZ09

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #84

    I think we should try again for Victor Moses quality player, and also Charlie Adam after another great show from him tonight!


    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #85

    Thanks JP, a great reply, very well made but again and with 100% respect your reply is typical of what I am reading from fans today. But, do you really think they are interested in building the club? We are not debt free as we owe Ashley? In that respect we are in the same situation really, just we owe him and not Barclays!!! GeordieGerman, sorry but are we to aspire to match Blackpool now??? Blackpool get 16,000 fans, we get over 50,000. So we should be striving to be better than them I think! MY heart is with NUFC, always has been, just not sure Ashley’s is???

  • toonbarmy

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #86

    I understand where u are coming from and spidey can frustrate as it doesn’t matter if am at SJP or watchin on tv I’m always wanting him to shoot or run at the full back but his contribution is more than u may give him credit for, Routledge. Frustrates me more as he does have bundles of pace but doesn’t use it to his advantage, barton in the centre would cause many teams nightmares as he would cover the entire pitch but I hope ziani is here in time for the derby, here’s hoping

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #87


    “We are not debt free as we owe Ashley?”

    Well its against the club, but I think his plan is to ask for it back when he sells the thing as part of the buyout price.

    And I think with what you are saying about wages, we seem to offer fair wages, we got Hatem Ben Arfa for 5 years which surprised me we managed to agree wages. We gave gosling wages Everton wouldn’t. We got Sol campbell in whne Hughton really wanted him.

    The real test for Ashley though, and will see how much he wants us to succeed is the renewal for Joses and Bartons contracts, who if rumours are true are both 50k+. Both players mind Ashley brought.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #88

    @247FOOTBALLHEAVEN – Thanks mate 🙂

    Personally I don’t trust Ashley one bit. Not after what he did to Chris Hughton. That left me and half the world in shock. But hey I was willing to buy into the “manager with more experience” crap. When he got Pardew in his place -after his only ‘expereince’ over Hughton was a worse managerial record- I thought this fat bast**d is taking the piss! But hey what can you do I thought. Credit to Mr Pardew whom so far has done pretty well. Needs more time till I can fully judge him but doing okay so far.

    What I am getting at with all this is that I believe that Ashley sees Pardew as our manager. He will stick with him. He will slowly and wisely give Pardew some transfer money to develop the team he believes will take us forward. They will scour the globe for the most promising youngsters and nurture them into Nufc stars of the future. They will not pay mega money to any players until there is no debt. They will tie down the best players we have to long term contracts and form the long term backbone of the team.

    That’s what I believe is the Fat Bast**ds plan, but then again you never know with this guy do ya. If he actually pulls this ‘Arsenal’ model off then we’ll be top of the table someday It could happen and if not…it was fun to dream 🙂

    If we get any of these players I’ll be over the moon:


  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #89

    Give him the 20k wages! at least he can pass the ball

    Alan Smith got a 60k wages and doing nothing

    Xisco is on a 50k wages and where is here?

    We do pay some silly wages to poor footballer but then refuse to play extra for a GOOD footballer

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #90

    Brutoo….where did you get 20k from?

    Im pretty sure the burmmies would have given him that months ago if thats what he wanted!

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #91

    I’m a bit worried about Ben Arfa and Gosling. I mean if you jump of a wall and break your leg?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #92

    Spot on Brutoon. Though I like to believe that Fat Ash has learned from his mistakes. It’s very frustrating when you know that a certain player would be awesome for the team and just that lil’ extra in his wage would get him signing on the dotted line, only to see the club refuse to improve their offer. It’s a sensible approach but a very tedious one that will benefit us in the long run.

    Though being in the difficult scenario we’re in a minor investment now would ensure we are safe in the premiership this season and start penny saving in the summer, spending wisely. I think 2 players now and we’re safe from the drop. Here’s to hoping.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #93

    I think Ashley should offer a decent wage, no more than £40 thousand and then bonuses the lowest for PL survival, the highest being if we win the champions league. That will make them play.

  • toonbarmy

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #94

    Every time something is going right at the toon and ashley is quiet he likes to shake us like a snow globe because he knows when he either makes us happy(permanent deal for ben arfa) or make us mad (hughton’s sacking) he knows the next home game we will pack SJP to voice our anger or delight, he thrives on messing with our hearts and minds as he knows he is always one step ahead as he is the 1st to know what is happening at the club.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 13, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #95

    Interesting theory Toonbarmy.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 13, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #96

    Seriously guys, Alan Smith is on 60k and done nothing?

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Jan 13, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #97

    piss off the lad, he is not better then jonas or routledge, sure he may be a better crosser but he doesnt have the ball skills either of our wingers have. Dont think he would link up well with simp or jose. He was m.i.a. for long spells in that carling cup tie v west hap. Dead ball specialist we dont need, we have the best in the business joey barton, speaking of which, he needs to have been signed to a bumper yesterday, give the lad whatever he wants just get him signed for 5. Hell he can have half my house if it will get him to stay. If ashley lets any of our 1st teamers leave that have gelled so well together i dont know if ill be able to take it. Im talking bout, Colo, enrique, simp, willo, s taylor, barton, jonas, tiote, hba, carrol, ranger, best, harps, krul,gosling, and even guthrie as i think he is for the future and was our best midfielder last season in the championship….

    dont sweat larson lads, he was just a cheap way for ashley to say hes investing in the squad and pushing for a europa league spot, open your wallet you fat bastard we are in 8th place after the new year, with 2 upgrades we could scrap for europe instead of scrapping for relegation…..

  • Ericles

    Jan 13, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #98

    Well summed up Sgt. Heagerty. Good to read your common sense again. Happy new year!

  • Lynxie

    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #99

    Sgt. Heagerty:

    Guthrie was our best midfielder last season? Kevin Nolan would argue that one with you, as would Jonas. You obviously werent at Derby or Swansea where they passed him to death. he is a one paced inconsistent plodder who gets a pass accuracy of no more than 25%. Not good enough at this level.

  • chuck

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #100

    Watched Larsson play against the Hammers, not that outstanding a game.
    He has good positional sense, moving into space, tracks back a lot and can put in a decent cross.
    On saying that,he`s no Nobby Solano, but would have been a decent acquisition, better than Routledge.
    Too bad we dont know what his wage demands are.
    Geordie German
    Are you a frustrated accountant or a football fan ?
    And just what do you think you would have for a forty grand wage cap ?
    A second tier team, or a constant fight to avoid relegation, even Ashley understands that !

  • chuck

    Jan 13, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #101

    IMO we should be going for the best young wingback/ right winger, to appear since Gareth Bale (who plays the same role on the left)
    Talking about Seamus Coleman @ Everton, bought for sixty grand.
    Moyes gave an him his opportunity due to injuries in the side and impressed so much has been a regular since, anyone who has watched Everton lately can attest to the fact he makes things happen, scores and sets up goals.
    The kid would be ideal for us, but gotta get him before he attracts the big sides (and being some of our fans are concerned about Ashleys fortune would`nt want to break the bank)
    Both he and either a winger or RB who can bring the ball up (he plays both roles) and we have a balanced side, with Toro and Jonas on the left.
    Tiote sitting in front of the back four.
    Joey and BA creating in the middle, Carroll up front, we could platoon Joey and Nolan, Tiote and Gosling, etc.
    Get rid of some of the deadwood, by replacing them one by one, bringing in more quality until we have at least two decent players for each position .
    But then what do i know ?

  • max

    Jan 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #102

    like i said, it just become a rumour…


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