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Birmingham City confirm Newcastle United contact about Kristian Pedersen

1 month ago
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Back in November, Kristian Pedersen told media in Denmark that he almost joined Newcastle United in the summer.

The Danish left back / wing back said 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, as for Paul Dummett, sadly he appears to find it impossible to get and then stay fit and available.

Whilst it was a total joke to see Steve Bruce spending £15m on Jamal Lewis but then not giving him a single Premier League start since February 2021. Thankfully, after Eddie Howe has given him a chance, Lewis has shown great promise in these last two games.

However, even with the former Norwich left-back showing promise, there is a case obviously for Newcastle to still strengthen that left side.

Lee Bowyer (see below) has now confirmed (see below) that Newcastle United did ask about Kristian Pedersen in the summer but it wasn’t followed up. The Birmingham boss also confirming that Pedersen still hasn’t agreed to sign a new contract, meaning he could leave for nothing in the summer if not sold in January.

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

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. 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 most of the options Newcastle currently have on the left. Paul Dummett getting and staying fit looks a massive longshot, whilst we surely can’t have Matt Ritchie playing at left-back again.

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.

The Birmingham Mail reporting on Lee Bowyer hoping that Kristian Pedersen will sign a new contract with Birmingham City – Friday 10 December 2021:

“Kristian’s contract runs out in the summer. From my understanding we have made him offers.

“His agent is saying that he doesn’t want to sign anything at the moment. That’s his prerogative, his choice, no one can make him.

“I have read somewhere there was interest from Newcastle in the summer.

“I had a phone call from Steve Bruce – that was as far as it went.

“There was no contact from anything else, or offers or anything. It will be tough for Kristian.

“I think that hurt him in the summer because maybe he thought he might get a Premiership move but now he just has to crack on and do his job.

“If he chooses to move on, that will be his choice but – for as long as I am here and he is here, he has just got to give the team one hundred per cent and do the right thing.

“If there ever comes a point where he stops doing that then he won’t play if I think he is going to affect us as a football club.”

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