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Kristian Pedersen tells media Newcastle move was close in summer – Rekindle in January?

6 days ago
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Kristian Pedersen has revealed that he almost joined Newcastle United in the summer.

The Danish left back / wing back says that Steve Bruce made contact and said he ‘really wanted’ Kristian Pedersen to come to St James Park but that the deal fell through for unspecified reasons.

It isn’t difficult to guess the most likely reason for the transfer not happening, as Mike Ashley put the block on even free transfers and loan deals happening this summer, only allowing the Joe Willock transfer in isolation. The then NUFC owner saying this had been made clear to Steve Bruce when Willock was being pursued and then signed.

This area of the pitch has arguably been the weakest this season, Matt Ritchie really struggling when it comes to the defensive side of his game, whilst Steve Bruce spending £15m on Jamal Lewis but then not giving him a single Premier League start since February 2021. As for Paul Dummett, sadly he appears to find it impossible to get and then stay fit and available.

Kristian Pedersen is in his fourth season at Birmingham and has been a fixture in their Championship team, however, he says that his aim has always been to play in the Premier League.

He has so far declined to sign a new contract and in just over seven months he is set to be a free agent. Aged 27 he should be at the peak of his career and with Birmingham in 15th place, looking like very little chance of either going up or down, you can’t imagine it would take much money to buy him in January if Newcastle and Eddie Howe wanted to rekindle the NUFC interest.

Kristian Pedersen is clearly intent on getting a Premier League move and also hopes that by doing so he can force his way into Denmark’s World Cup squad for Qatar, the left sided defender with only one cap so far.

Newcastle United fans are (generally!) very realistic as to transfers and in January are not expecting this to be a signing of superstars window. Eddie Howe has already indicated he will be wanting to properly evaluate his current NUFC squad before deciding on transfer priorities, no surprise if it is largely loan deals in January with maybe one or two decent size permanent buys, plus just possibly the odd surprise more budget signing, if somebody such as Kristian Pedersen can be seen as an improvement on the options Newcastle currently have on the left.

Loads of full backs / wing backs have successfully made the transition from Championship to Premier League in recent times, so by no means impossible that Pedersen could do the same.

Kristian Pedersen speaking to bold.dk over in Denmark – 17 November 2021:

“It was close with [a move to] Newcastle this summer.

“The club [Birmingham] was called up by Steve Bruce, who is now fired [from Newcastle United].

“He said he really wanted me but it did not work out in the end…because there were some things that had to succeed before the ends could meet.

“It is of course a pity it did not turn into anything…

“It would have been a really good opportunity for me, but yes, it did not happen, and now they have got new owners and have got other strengths [money] to play with, so I do not know exactly how current it [a possible move to Newcastle] is anymore.

“We [Kristian Pedersen and Birmingham] are in dialogue and they want to extend [my contract]. I’m happy to be here and focus on doing good for the club but now we have to see what happens…

“I have set a goal from the start that I want to play in the Premier League and now I have played a few years in the Championship, where I have been and still am really happy in Birmingham, [but] I feel ready and that is my biggest dream.

“Other doors open when you have a contract expiration and especially when you play every match. I have been a steady player for almost four years and it opens some doors for me and I hope it can open the door to the highest level.

“It would also help me in terms of making a name for myself with [getting attention from] the national team.”

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