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Stoke planning bid for Birmingham contract rebel Larsson

Stoke City are eyeing Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson.

The Sentinel says Stoke are sizing up their chances of signing Larsson next month as a replacement for Jermaine Pennant.

City boss Tony Pulis, a long-time admirer of the 25-year-old Swede, sees him as a viable alternative on the right flank if Stoke fail to conclude a deal for on-loan Pennant with Real Zaragoza.

Larsson is out of contract at St Andrews next summer and talks are stalling on a new deal because of wage demands of around £30,000-a-week.

That could persuade Birmingham to cash in now on a player also believed to be attracting attention from clubs in Germany and Spain.

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