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Manager says Newcastle tried to sign Danish international last summer

Ex-Newcastle United midfielder and now Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer confirmed that he was approached by Newcastle for Kristian Pedersen. Last summer Bowyer had a phone call with Steve Bruce about the left-back, but that was as far as it went.

Additionally, Bowyer believed that the interest may have had a negative impact on Pedersen. He told Birmingham Live: “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.”

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Will Newcastle revisit their summer persuit?

The Dane is in the final year of his contract since signing from Union Berlin back in 2018. The blues have approached Pedersen for a new deal, but his agent doesn’t want him to sign anything currently.


Considering they were interested before, will the Toony Army look to bring in Pedersen again? It would definitely be a surprise if Newcastle looked to pursue him again. The reason being is that with new owners and management, the targets will be very different.

Furthermore, Newcastle’s lastest transfer targets seem vastly different to what they have been under previous owner Mike Ashley. We’ve seen no sign whatsoever from many media outlets that Pedersen has the interest of the Magpies. So, the Danish international moving to Tyneside would be quite a shock for many fans.

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Pedersen speaks on Newcastle interest

Pedersen claims that former boss Steve Bruce was quite keen on him. He told Danish publication, “He said he really wanted me, but it didn’t work out in the end, because there were some things that had to succeed before the ends could meet.

Since then the Dane has come to terms with the outcome and doesn’t know if future Newcastle interest will return. In the same report, he stated, “of course, it’s too bad it didn’t happen, but there’s nothing to be done about it.

“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 muscles to play with, so I do not know exactly how it is anymore.”

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It was certainly not a deal many were aware of at the time, but Bruce clearly had some desire to Pedersen to Tyneside. Should the deal have gone through many it would’ve been seen by many as an underwhelming signing. The new owners and management will have their own targets, so revisiting an old Bruce one seems unlikely.

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