Prem quartet in Larsson race

The Sweden international is a free agent after leaving Birmingham

following the Carling Cup winners’ relegation from the Premier

League. He is being tracked by several top-flight clubs, with

reports suggesting Sunderland, Newcastle, Blackburn and Stoke City

have made offers. The Black Cats are believed to be leading the

chase for the 25-year-old as Steve Bruce signed Larsson during his

time in charge at Birmingham. Larsson is currently away on

international duty and his representative Per Jonsson acknowledged

the player enjoyed his time working with Bruce at St Andrew’s. “Seb

has a few offers from some good clubs that we are looking into at

the moment,” Jonsson told the Sunderland Echo. “He will need a few

weeks to consider his future. “We have the international games

coming up. Sweden have got two qualifiers for the European

Championships so Seb and the other players have to have their

concentration on them. “But after those games, we will be sorting

out his future pretty quickly. By the first or second week in June,

everything should be sorted out. “There have been four clubs from

the Premier League who have made approaches. There is no problem

finding a club in this case. The problem is sorting out which club

it is. “Obviously Seb has got a good relationship with Steve Bruce

and Eric Black (Sunderland assistant manager). “Steve was the

manager at Birmingham before and took him to Birmingham and he made

his breakthrough under him there. You can see they have a good

relationship from that.”