Larsson, Kavanagh Sign, Upson Close To West Ham Move?

Posted on January 31, 2007 
Filed Under Blues News

As the minutes tick by, it would appear that West Ham United are closing in on the signature of Matthew Upson. More and more online reports are suggesting that the deal might be on and Sky Sports News are on the edges of their seats waiting for the deal to happen.

Colin Tattum has suggested that the deal might be on and Sky Sports News have been reporting all morning that Upson was absent from training this morning. I’ll have my say on Upson going later on, if indeed he does end up signing for the Hammers today.

Meanwhile Blues have announced the signing of two wingers on the official site. The first is Arsenal loanee Sebastian Larsson – he has signed a four year contract for a £1m transfer fee. Larsson is a Swedish U21 international and Bruce had the following to say:

We are delighted to finally conclude the deal to bring Seb here on a permanent basis.

He has done very well since he has been here and he can play in a number of positions.

He is young, hungry and ambitious and he epitomises the type of player we need to push this club forward.

I personally like Larsson and am delighted at the signing. I know some Arsenal fans rated him and other fans I’ve spoken to rate him too. I feel he’ll get better and better and his style of play will be much more suited to the Premiership than the Championship. He has a good range of passing and hasn’t a bad turn of pace. Hopefully Bruce will fix him in one spot and let him learn and develop his game. The ‘utility man’ tag simply doesn’t work.

Blues have also announced the six month professional contract signing of Patrick Kavanagh after his contract ran out with Irish side UCD in November. He’s been on trial with Blues for a while and has appeared twice for the reserves.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit here watching Sky Sports News ready to go into rant mode if the Upson transfer happens… I’ve had a bad couple of days with regard to Blues!


11 Responses to “Larsson, Kavanagh Sign, Upson Close To West Ham Move?”

  1. Dan on January 31st, 2007 4:09 pm

    For £8 million we should be ripping West Ham’s hands off. He’s good, but that money is ridiculous.

  2. Bazzathebluenose on January 31st, 2007 4:31 pm

    I have shared Steve Bruce’s robust attitude in keeping him but if he is going to perform as he did last night he can go especially if they throw in Etherington!


  3. Rich on January 31st, 2007 4:34 pm

    Don’t forget we’d only pick up 6 mil of it

  4. lister on January 31st, 2007 5:22 pm

    we won’t get any of it! unless they move fast the window is about to bang shut.

  5. edz on January 31st, 2007 5:29 pm

    but have we got a replacement lined up

  6. Michael Davies on January 31st, 2007 5:37 pm

    No way, I can’t believe it. 44 years I’ve had of giving Blues my money and my two grown up sons are now also doing it. We have seen our better players go and go and go. What do the directors expect of long sufering supporters. Should Mathew Upson go, so my family will also go. OUR HARD EARNED MONEY WILL BE BETTER APPRECIATED AT OUR LOCAL NON LEAGUE CLUB.

  7. lister on January 31st, 2007 6:06 pm

    Well, Sporting life are now reporting that West Ham have agreed an £8m fee with Birmingham City for Upson.

  8. Jamie on January 31st, 2007 7:03 pm

    Here’s ours. West Ham that is.

  9. Taz on January 31st, 2007 7:20 pm

    I hope Arsenal (thanks for Larrson, Muamba and Bentner) win the premier league and West Ham get relegated. I’d never wish relegation anyone, but I would love for Blues to be promoted while that git goes down to the Championship.

  10. Steve D on January 31st, 2007 7:29 pm

    Upson threatened to take the legal route and buy out his contract at the end of the season. The Upson-Disruption factor was gaining momentum, so it’s a bit unfair to blame the club. The bottom line is that Upson is doubling his salary and would have lost out on £750k of increased earnings between now and the end of the season had he stayed. Still – No hard feelings Upson – All the best for your promotion push next season!.

  11. Mojo on January 31st, 2007 10:04 pm

    I’ve said this before – take their hands off. He’s injury prone and mistake ridden. Good riddance to the only Blues defender to have been nutmegged from 20 yards (Newcastle’s 2nd goal) and still given us a big profit!

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