Newcastle United are believed to be making a bid to bring Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson to St James Park in the January transfer window.
It is understood that Newcastle have registered an interest in the Birmingham star who was ready to leave the Midlands club for Spain when his contract expires in the summer.
Birmingham are thought to be keen to cash in on interest in the player who would leave for free under the Bosman ruling if he stays until the end of the season.
The Magpies move could spark further interest in Larsson with a number of other Premier League clubs watching the situation closely.
Liverpool, Everton, West Ham, Bolton and Blackburn have Larsson in their sights as they look to strengthen in this transfer window, while Newcastle’s north-east rivals Sunderland are also admirers of the talented 25-year-old Swedish international.
Should Birmingham decide to sell the dead-ball specialist, it may start a bidding war that would test the resolve of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley who has told manager Alan Pardew he won’t sell the Magpies prize asset Andy Carroll to raise transfer funds.
Larsson on the other hand, may not welcome attempts to keep him in England as he is thought to be keen on the idea of moving abroad with some of Spain’s top side interested in taking him for free.
His English career began in 2001 when Arsenal brought him from Sweden as a 16-year-old where he played in the youth side before making three first team appearances for the Gunners.
Unable to command a regular first team place, he went to Birmingham on loan in August 2006 where he made an immediate impact. He signed a permanent deal to stay at St Andrews in January 2007 and has played 169 times for the Blues, scoring 16 goals.