Hull City-linked Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson wants to stay in Premier League


HULL CITY are unlikely to make a move for Seb Larsson, despite reports that the FA Cup finalists could hijack Sunderland’s bid to keep the Swede at the Stadium of Light.

As SportMail reported last week, Sunderland are pressing ahead with talks to tie Larsson down to a new contract, with the midfielder’s current deal due to expire at the end of next month.

Larsson’s agent, Per Jonsson, has confirmed negotiations are underway and that the 28-year-old wants to have his future resolved in the next three weeks.

“They (Sunderland) have suggested it (a new contract) and we’ll see what they come back with,” said Jonsson, who insists rumoured suitors Napoli are not in the running for Larsson.

“We want to be clear with his future relatively soon. Preferably before the World Cup, if possible.”

There are no shortage of admirers in Larsson, with Stoke City seeing a January bid turned down by Sunderland and retaining an interest in the former Birmingham City man.

There were also reports yesterday that Hull could be in the running after ex-Black Cats boss and current Tigers manager Steve Bruce brought the Swedish international to Wearside three years ago.

But SportMail understands that Bruce is not looking for a reunion with Larsson, despite Hull facing the added demands of Europa League football next season.

Bruce has confirmed his intention to add five or six players to his squad, yet is thought to be keen on landing more youthful recruits this summer, while Larsson would also command big wages on any Bosman deal.

Larsson is likely to remain in the Premier League though, even if he does leave Sunderland, despite interest from several Bundesliga outfits.

Jonsson added: “Sebastian loves England and has always done. He has not wanted to move from there before.”