Are Newcastle Interested In Stephen Ireland?

It’s generally agreed that Newcastle need a creative midfielder to add to their  squad, and that will give the side something extra they don’t have now.

Stephen Ireland – may be available this summer

And that player should be under 26, so the club is building for the future, and it seems one player who seems to fit the bill perfectly is Manchester City’s Stephen Ireland, who has lost his place in the Manchester City side since Roberto Mancini arrived at Eastlands.

That seems hardly likely to change next season, and the 23 year-old midfielder may have to consider his options in the summer.

This is what Stephen said today:

“It’s been difficult because I’ve only played 15 or 16 times which is nowhere near the amount I played last year,”

“When I have played, I haven’t played in my position and it’s been a difficult and frustrating season for me.”

“I think there’s a question mark over next year for me and I don’t know what will happen, but it’s out of my hands.”

“I’m just getting on with my day job. Football is very unpredictable. You never know how things are going to go.”

“I’m contracted to City and all I can do is carry on doing my job and performing well when I’m called upon, and if anything changes over the summer it will be down to the club not me.”

Stephen was an important player under former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes, and last season he was the Player of the Year at the Manchester club.

The Ireland International has been capped 6 times and has 4 goals but has refused to play for his country since September of 2007.

At that time he was given compassionate leave by then manager Steve Staunton, following the death of his grandmother, but it turned out he had lied about the death of his  grandmother to visit his girlfriend in Cork, who had recently had a miscarriage.

Staunton and the Irish authorities were furious, and the bottom line is that Stephen has refused to play for his country since then.

Stephen has played 167 times for Manchester City since 2005, with 23 goals, and he is a very good play-maker of Premier league class.

But he has managed only 11 appearances under Mancini and admits he is frustrated by things right now, although he only signed a five-year deal last summer, when Mark Hughes was still the manager.

We understand Sunderland’s Steve Bruce is also interested in the player, and it could be he would be to expensive for Newcastle – but he would seem to fit the bill at Newcastle.

There’s also midfielder Michael Johnson, the now 22 year-old also at Manchester City, who Newcastle bid £8M for some 15 months ago, but couldn’t get the deal through at the last minute in that January transfer window.

Michael, who has 2 caps at the England U21 level back in 2007, seems to have completely lost his way at Eastlands, appearing only 10 times in the last two seasons, although he has 45 total appearances and 3 goals for the City side.

He has had a few serous injuries in that time, but the 6′ tall Urmston, Manchester born player is another midfielder Newcastle may be considering this summer.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Wud die for Aberystwyth Town FC

    May 6, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah I’d definitely go for Stephen Ireland, I think he’s just what we need. He was great under Mark Hughes who was known as a bit a low profile manager, and so is Chrissy H, so he could work wonders for us. Doubt he’ll come though, crossing my fingers!!

  • 02jiw22

    May 6, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Would be an immense signing but i can’t see it happening. Big transfer fee and large wages plus Man Utd seem to be linked alot.

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope so! He’s a wonderful player. Pure class!

  • Howay The Lads

    May 6, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Never gonna get him in a million years!!!

    Silly speculation, with no truth behind it

  • baro

    May 6, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Would like him very much at Newcastle. Michael Johnson would be really good, too. But, why lie about a family death and go to your girl friend over a problem?

  • craigcoozy

    May 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #6

    will never happen i would spend all our transfer budget 15m on this guy and sign martins on loan and few free transfers but he belongs in a champions league club so will prob get snapped up by ‘arry’
    can u imagine joey nd ireland running the midfield! would be amazing !

  • baro

    May 6, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7


    I think the money wont be a problem. Because we have 15 million, and Hughton said he is not going to get a lot of changes. So, that means 2-3 players.

    Stephen Ireland – 6-9 million
    (Another player) – 3- 4 million
    (Another player) – 3- 4 million

  • craigcoozy

    May 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #8





  • birdyNUFC

    May 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Baro-i agree,i reckon he will only go after a select few,and who knows one could be Ireland,would be brill

  • chuck

    May 6, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Rumors speculating on his being available , have been circulating, he`s one of the best attacking and playmaking young midfielders in the EPL IMO.
    Rather than saying there`s no chance of getting him, make enquiries and chuck in a bid , who knows for sure.
    Would love to see him on the inside right position with O`Hara on the left, Jonas and
    Routledge on the wings.
    Would be as competetive as any midfield line.

  • craigcoozy

    May 6, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #11

    just looking at the advert above showing michelle before nd after ! i will pay 15,000 for anyone who can make ma bird look like that in 4 wks !! jesus

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #12

    bouma can be a good buy. and he’s free!! I like also Ledley. But don’t think Guti will come… if he leave Real Madrid, it would be because of the money.
    I think we need someone we need a forward, such as: Ched Evans, Steven Fletcher, Mauro Zarate????

  • baro

    May 6, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    What makes you guys think Oba Martins is coming back? That would be awesome! His speed I really miss.:(

  • Howay The Lads

    May 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Doin’ a bit of a Yoda there, mate

  • del

    May 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #15

    They’d want £10m+.

  • craigcoozy

    May 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #16

    meant gutiurez!! haha not they guti !!
    martins dont get his game at wolfburg and he loved it at newcastle so why not have him bck on loan? so wish we had him in championship he would of bin record goal scorer, dont care what anyone thinks, am big fan. year mite of took him few chances to score but his tally was ok??

    and bouma is free agent who come with blessin from o’neil stating hw valuable he is if gets himself fit!!

  • shek2k9

    May 6, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #17

    craigcoozy i was fond of martins meself

  • BudroBeardo

    May 6, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t see that happening. Would be excellent reinforcements, but they’re both too expensive.

    City’s Martin Petrov is out of contract in the summer. He was excellent right after Mancini came in, but he’s already 31 years old and has problems with his knees.

    Also heard a rumour that Carr has been eying Lyon’s Swedish midfielder Kim Källström whose contract is also running out this summer. Not sure he has legs to run box to box in the Prem, but he surely can spot a pass and has almost Beckham-like crosses… only leftfooted.

  • g.s.tooner

    May 6, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I wouldn’t be so hasty to say that we’re not an attractive offer for him. Everything that he’s said which is negative about man city is about frequency of first team football, IF he is going anywhere then he will want to go somewhere where this is guaranteed for him, and lets face it we would never bench him in a million years if he plays as well as he did for Man City. Also with us being an unforeseen relegation last year, and the style we showed in this years campaign he may feel that he can help us on our way to re-establishing our in the PL. We have a squad now which knows how to win and how to play together, something which we lost in our last few seasons, he may want to buy into this. Who knows…. I would focus on getting ourselves a couple of decent goal scorers and see what’s left over afterwards.

  • Colombus

    May 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I would have bought Loic Remy as our star forward and he would be perfect!

    other very interesting players for us: Jose Ernesto Sosa, Chris Eagles, Michael Bradley, Moussa Sissoko, Adel Taarabt, Giovanni Dos Dantos, Jo

  • howay man

    May 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    what do you think of this list of mainly young talented british or irish players?

    Stephen Ireland: wants out of city. but we would face mass competition for him.

    James Beattie: wants out of stoke and guarentees goals but may have an attitude problem after bust up with Tony Pulis

    Anthony Stokes: top class for hibernian 18 goals in 30 SPL appearences is great for a 21 year old.

    jamie o hara: wants out of spurs and would be a like for like replacement for butt, however he wouldnt bring anything different to the midfeild which nolan, guthrie, barton etc cant bring.

    mark reynolds: wants out of motherwell, bags of experience for a 22 year old, would be great back up for collocini and taylor or williamson if you like.

    nedum onouha: wants out of city and can play anywhere along the back 4, plenty of premier league experience with youth on his side.

    mark noble: put up for sale by david gold, hes got allot of premier league experience and has plenty of youth.

    derek riordan: top class for hibernian. plenty of experience and is very versitille. May have an attitude problem after bust up with Gordon Strachan.

    now the list of foreign players.

    Raúl Marcelo Bobadilla: great young argentinian striker who oozes pace and skill.

    mats hummels: big tall ruthless german centre half with a great future and an eye for goal, 5 goals in 23 appearences from centre back!

    Joshua Zapata González: 21 year old spanish rough and tough midfeilder with pace and creativity. the next fabregas perhaps. Joshua Zapata is on the brink of smashing into the atletico madrid side with one appearence.

    Bakary Soumare: big no nonsense Sebastien Bassong style defender. 24 year old with MLS expierence was voted chicago fire’s player of the season last year beating off Brian Mcbride and John Thorrington.

    Per cijan Skjelbred: top class young toon supporting midfeilder who seems to be a fan favourite and he isnt even in the same country. surely this is the long awaited season where we finally snap him up.

    so what do you all rekon all worth a look surely!

  • Thump

    May 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Wouldn’t mind him, but I can’t see it happening based on wages and such.

    Why do people think we could get Sissoko? As much as I would love to see him in black and white I honestly can’t see it happening 🙁

  • nightfa11

    May 6, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #23

    oba’s not going anywhere… he was bought to replace Dzeko, who’s leaving this year..probably for chelsea or milan.

    ireland would be great..& i think we might get him. i dont think man c will be looking for big tranfer fee, cos money’s the last thing they need & we can guarantee him 1st team place…great support..but it will take us few seasons to get to europe..

  • Thump

    May 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #24

    @nightfa11: You must be pulling our leg. Oba as Dzeko’s replacement? Looks like we got the better end of that deal!

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #25

    I love Michael Bradley. I sure he would triumph here!

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Do someone remember that Berbatov love Newcastle United? maybe a loan move….

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #27

    and what about Darron Gibson? his powerful shots can make him an important player in Newcastle.

  • nightfa11

    May 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Thump – 😀 yeah..i read that was the plan..& it makes sense…they bought him 1 year before dzeko’s departure so he had time to adapt to bundesliga =) i agree..he’s nowhere near dzeko’s quality..but can still get the job done=)

    andoni – no, no, NO to berbatov…just watch him “play”..he’s the laziest player ever..the last thing we need right now=)

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t think so – nightfa11- I reckon he could make a good job for us

  • Colombus

    May 6, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #30

    please dont even consider berba. would NOT suit our style of play. we need a fast tapin type forward. BTW, brilliant shout by howay man. Bobadilla and Onohua would be my picks

  • Howay The Lads

    May 6, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Look, I don’t wanna p*** on your parade or anyhthing but, Onuoha’s going to Everton, Stephen Ireland is destined for way bigger things, Sissoko is destined for way bigger things, Berbatov is woeful and Gibson will stay at Man U next year.
    Other than that there’s a few good shouts out there.

  • boater

    May 6, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m gonna go against the grain and say – he isn’t the sort of player to fit into hughton’s new look side.

    Nolan will be 1st name down on teamsheet, but it’s hard to imagine barton not starting many games either. That leaves smith and guthrie to fight out the other midfield spot – although I imagine CH will use guthrie on the wing in tough/ away games in place of routledge.

    I still think we need a moses type – a no. 10 if you like who can play in a support striker role – remember Farfan at PSV? That kinda player. way aye.

  • andoni

    May 6, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #33

    leon osman?

  • boater

    May 7, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Read that connor whickam is on our shopping list! Geet in – I saw that coming n’all.

  • Brutooon

    May 7, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #35

    he is the RIGHT player for us but i bet there are 4-5 bigger teams that will bid for him

    With Man City spending big this summer we actually got the chance to buy some unhappy players such as Johnson, Onuaha, Richard (highly unlikely), Bridge (if man city bought another left back)

  • xfer

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #36

    Exactly what we need.

  • alan shearer

    May 7, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #37

    chelsea is reported clearing veterans.Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Ballack ..i will take the 3 of them…i doubt they will cost much or rather any…what you guys think..try for 1 season for ballack and carvalho as they are 32-33 yrs old..
    ferreira try for 2 seasons..since he is only 31-31 yrs old..

  • fongct

    May 7, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #38

    first, it is obvious that we wouldnt sign well known young players, also we wouldnt be able to afford his wages anyway…will he accept a 30k wages?…never gonna happen….also will we spend more than 5M on a player?….I doubt it

    with the limited budget we have, let’s be realistic

    Michael Johnson, if he is not young like Bullard, then people will say no because he is injury prone….but is M. Johnson a better player than Bullard?…at least I have seen Bullard had some good performances this season, so pls, dont mention a player just because he is young

  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #39
  • Toon Sweden77

    May 7, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #40

    Ireland is a good player but with Nolan, Barton, Smith, Guthrie and hopefully Vuckic already fighting for the two central spots in midfielt, I cant see him fit in. I would rather spend the money avalible on a couple of fullbacks, wingers and a striker. Carroll and Lovenkrants need competition up front and I cant see Shola or Best compete in the premierleague.


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