Good news this morning that Alan Pardew is hoping to complete the signing of Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa this week.
Stephen Ireland – negotiations ongoing over the weekend
The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Newcastle have been trying to do a deal with Aston Villa for Stephen Ireland over the weekend.
It seems that Villa want to sell, which is not surprising, and Newcastle are a bit dubious about the approximately £70K/week the player is currently getting in wages.
And while you never really know if these transfer stories have any truth to them – we have to think Newcastle are indeed after Ireland – and hope the player wants to play on Tyneside in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies.
We notice the home crowds are now up there near capacity, with just over 51,000 there to see the exciting Tottenham game – what a terrific second half that was on Saturday.
Ireland has certainly lost form, but he is also not settled and hasn’t been for about 18 months, so that obviously will affect both his confidence and form.
But what we’ve seen from this lad over the last four years, he’s a terrific and skilful player, and would be great for Newcastle.
Newcastle would like to take Ireland on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer, and that would a be a safe deal for the Magpies.
Let’s hope the powers that be at Newcastle can strike a deal with Aston Villa and Ireland, and get him in this week, because he’s got the class we need.
Alan Pardew is becoming just a wee but frustrated that nobody has yet come through the doors at Newcastle this January, but he was quick to point out that Derek LLambias and the others working on the deals are working their socks off, and January is such a difficult window to get good deals completed.
And there still seems a chance that Newcastle could get Sebastian Larsson in, either this month or for nothing in the summer, since that news about him wanting extra money seems like garbage.
His agent on Saturday said they had been in negotiations with Newcastle until last Wednesday, when Birmingham suddenly said he was not for sale, and then Seb put in a transfer request the next day.
His agent said they were messing his client around and it was time the Birmingham club got a bit of class, but this looks a like a good development for the Magpies.
We had put out this article just before the Tottenham game, and it may have been missed, but it seems good news for Newcastle regarding the Swedish winger.
If Birmingham will not let the boy leave in January, then Newcastle could get him to sign a pre-contract agreement, and he’ll come in during the summer – and for nothing – zilch.
Things could be a lot worse for Newcastle right now.