Alan Pardew wants good service to his St James Park forward line.
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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has turned his attention to Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson as he attempts to increase his attacking resources.
Press Association Sport understands the Magpies have registered their interest in the 25-year-old Sweden international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Pardew has made no secret of his desire to strengthen the supply lines to his strikers and having tied up a permanent move for Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa earlier this week, has turned to the former Arsenal trainee.
He revealed on Thursday that the club had made an enquiry over an unnamed player and was awaiting a response. (ITV Football)
Sebastian Larsson is probably most famous for his set piece delivery, but Newcastle United already have a player who excels in this area: Joey Barton.
The controversial Barton has six assists in the Premier League this season – just one behind Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas and the joint tenth most in the division.
Indeed, all five of Andy Carroll’s goals scored with his head this season have all come from a Barton cross.
However, Larsson’s signing could still be an intelligent one.
The Sweden international has been unable to agree a new contract at St Andrews with his deal expiring this summer, and Birmingham look likely to let him go in the January transfer window on a cut price deal.
Able to play across the midfield and a calm passer of the ball, he could be a valuable squad player for the Magpies at a bargain price.
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