Sunderland target Larsson to decide future

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SUNDERLAND target Seb Larsson is expected to decide between four contract offers within the next fortnight.

Out-of-contract Larsson is with the Swedish national squad ahead of a Euro 2012 qualification double-header against Moldova and Finland.

But when the 25-year-old returns home from international duty next week, he is set to make a swift decision on his future after his release from relegated Birmingham City was confirmed on Friday.

Agent Per Jonsson revealed there are four Premier League clubs chasing Larsson – thought to be Sunderland, Blackburn, Stoke and Newcastle, although reports over the weekend suggested the Magpies had cooled their interest.

Jonsson told the Echo: “Seb has a few offers from some good clubs that we are looking into at the moment.

“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.”

Larsson is one of three free agents Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has put at the top of his transfer wish list, along with Coventry stopper Keiren Westwood and another Bosman from the continent.

Bruce, also linked with a move for freed Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker over the weekend, knows first-hand the qualities Larsson would bring to the Stadium of Light after signing the midfielder from Arsenal while manager of Birmingham.

The Sunderland boss resisted the temptation to make a cut-price move for Larsson during the January transfer window, knowing that he would be available for nothing in the summer.

And that ploy could well pay off with Jonsson admitting that Larsson enjoyed his spell under Bruce at St Andrew’s.

“Obviously Seb has got a good relationship with Steve Bruce and Eric Black (Sunderland assistant manager)” added Jonsson.

“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.”