Newcastle Hope To Get Ireland – And Seb Larsson Too?


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.

Sebastien Larsson

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.

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103 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    That would be COOL! 🙂 Ireland is Super CLASS. P.s any news about Kranjcar?

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Ireland on loan is definitely another piece of good business by the club, just like ben arfa. When you sign a player that is either untested in the prem (ben arfa) or a player that has lost his way (ireland) you need to be 100% sure before you buy. I love that we are doing this, I used to hate buying players and expecting them to be the next messi only for them to be the next robbie savage lol.

    I honestly think if we can get Ireland playing he will be the creative spark in the centre that we need

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    I would take kranjcar over both though, all day long

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  • singamagpie

    Jan 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Not sure bout Larsson… been tracking him for the past few weeks since we’ve been linked with him and I’m not impressed. Sure he can whip in a great dead ball but in open play he’s not gd enough.

    Ireland on loan would be good… but no panic buys please.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Magpietillidie22, nor do I 😛 two good players are better than one! 😀 p.s does anybody know if it is plausible to buy a player (for example Ireland) and immediately re-negotiate the contract (wages, bonuses and ect.)?

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  • Newutd

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Ireland won’t come. Too expensive when it comes to wages. And IF we get him, it would probably be a bad deal.

    Larsson is shit.

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  • Astonmilan

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    We’d like to see Ireland gone, very lazy and on £72k a week, but he has a medial knee ligament injury at the moment, so can’t see him passing a medical for you lot in the next 8 days.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Troleibusiukas_LTU // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    You thinking of HBA?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I see we are VERY close to signing Bartoon up.

    That will be like getting a new player in knowing that we have secured Joey.

    Enrique next please!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Newutd –

    The ireland deal is all but done? The people in the know like ssn and the players agent have said its just a small matter for ireland to sort with villa.

    Why would it be a bad deal? lol The club have been putting together some super deals recently, signing carroll, ranger and vuckic up on 5 and a half years deals. Getting barton to sign on WITH a pay cut. Tiote deal was deal of the season. Signing ben arfa up this month and hopefully another couple of good deals.

    No they arent big money big name signings but they are good deals for the good of the club

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Magpietillidie22 // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Well said mate.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    @richyg01

    I understand people will always hate Ashley, I did at one point myself, but the club are moving forward so well nowadays I cant understand it when people say silly things like that ya know? lol

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Will any of these players add pace or creativity??
    Looks like we are getting more box to box work horses

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    For God’s sake you muppets, Ireland is injured. Don,t we have enough injured players?

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    On 15th Jan…

    Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland is out of action for another week with a knee injury.

    The 24-year-old Republic of Irelandinternational has failed to make an impact since his move to Villa Park last summer, in an £8million deal that saw James Milner go the other way to Manchester City.
    Ireland has struggled with knocks during his time in the Midlands and boss Gerard Houllier urged him to ‘work harder’ in the early stages of his tenure.

    He has been ruled out for the last fortnight with his latest knee setback suffered in training, and is definitely out of the clash with Birmingham on Sunday.

    “Stephen Ireland has a knee injury. He has been out for two to three weeks now, I think,” Houllier said.

    “It’s a ligament. It will probably be another week (out of action) but he can’t train yet.”

    All players get injured, carroll will have been out for near on 2 months lol plus lets be honest ireland isnt enjoying it at villa, who knows whats really going on

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  • repo

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Also its been told Larsson been knocked back as he wanted 50 grand a week stupid storys

    ffs wise up admin..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Would rather have Taarabt and Gradel or Routledge back than Larsson and Ireland.

    Neither of the latter 2 have exactly jumped at the chance to join have they. Ireland is a mercenary who’s off his head and Larrson doesn’t exactly get the pulses racing.

    Without Carroll, we’ve won 2 and with a decent finisher, should have won another 2. I’d rather have a pacey, mobile striker or link striker, than yet more midfielders.

    Barton has only taken quite a small pay cut and will now have to try and live on only 2.7M a year !! Barton’s been great this season, but he’s 28 /29 nearly, whereas someone like Adam 24 or Taarabt only 20, come without all the baggage.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    BlacknWhite Barmy –

    Have you ever seen the best team in the world, Barcelona? Xavi and iniesta are no spring chickens and they run that team like clockwork. I agree we need pace out wide and a younger faster lovernkrands but players like Ireland and kranjcar who lack speed make up for it with vision and creative talent

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    @ jimmymagpie // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Sounds a bit like Xisco, he claimed he was injured coz he didnt want to be here and didnt want to play here, next about he moved to spain on loan!

    What we hear and what is actually going on are 2 different things.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    @ Magpietillidie22 // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I thought Ireland had a bit of pace about him?!

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Anyone saying Ireland is a bad deal, are monumentally stupid. He is young, decent pace, can finish, is a great passer of the ball.

    He was immense at City, and then got shunted out to Villa where he clearly wasn’t happy. There is no harm in having a deep squad, Nolan looks knackered a lot of the time, and if he or Barton is injured, who do we bring in, this is a cracking deal. If we get him and a winger I will be more than happy with this window.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    magpietiludie

    WTF are u drinking comparing Larsson and Ireland to Iniesta and Xavi !!!!!

    As its highly unlikely we can get the Barcelona mf we need pace and creativity. this has been the case since the last time KK left.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23

    NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    He has mate, he’s no theo walcott but who is lol

    And those calling him a mercenary dont know him very well, he was at city his whole career and got forced out and shipped off to villa in the milner deal.

    He clearly isnt happy there, being at a club like Newcastle might just rejuvenate him, bit like joey

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #24

    No!..
    He has no pace, he’s lazy & gives the ball away in dangerous places…Just cos he had a good season 2 years ago & the sexists on sky ramped up his worth for a while…
    Why was he ‘shunted’ off to villa?..
    Waste of really useful money…

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    BlacknWhite Barmy // Jan 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    No, it was a simple understandable comparison lol (well i thought it was anyway) , obviously they arent going to be xavi and iniesta, I was saying they are not theo walcott fast but they do very well by having vision and creativity.

    Most footballers at premier league level are quick, but when you see lennon or theo you start setting that as the bar. Go and watch Ireland on youtube for city, hes a great player if you can get him playing.

    Ireland is quick, not slow. <simple

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Its anti everything newcastle do day today is it? lol wow

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  • PrinceAlbert

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Ireland on loan, excellent business quality central midfielder.

    Not sure who would make way in the squad with Gosling in the mix too….

    Guthrie will move on the summer has talent but has not got the edge for consistent first team place….Hopefully Smith will move on , nothing against him personally but as a player just about Championship quality….

    We need to strengthen right wing though…..

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  • traceline

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Ireland was a make-weight for a “bigger” move, he went from being the main man at a club to being some also-ran, pawn, bargaining chip and shuffled to a club that didn’t want him (in a move he didn’t want).

    “you’re going to play for villa now because we’d rather be rid of you for james milner” – lets face it, it’d be more interesting to push cocktail sticks into your eyeballs than play for that lot, nevermind as being percieved as someone who james milner is better than (I never rated milner…)

    No wonder his form’s been abysmal over the last few months (and he hasn’t moved house)…. bring him in, make him feel wanted and needed, and he’ll flourish.

    Ireland, barton, tiote, running midfield…. there wouldn’t be much better than that.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Good to see someone talking sense JohnnyBrookes!

    Strength in depth is what we need at the minute, and imo Ireland can be a very good player on his day.

    All you people who seem to make a point of saying no to every rumour, do you actually have any ideas on signings or do you just like to moan?

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Ireland has a shit attitude!!!
    The lads we have here all have great attitudes, why upset the applecart???

    Larsson, dont want him either. Great at the deadball, but so is Ryan Taylor, and Joey Barton and HBA when he is back!! Larsson will not add a great deal to the team, and neither will Ireland.

    We should be busting a gut to get Tarrabt!! Goes past players, creates goals, 2 footed, plays on either wing, and scores goals. 13 already this season and at 21 years old!! If we dont get him now, he’ll be off to one of the big four at the end of the season….mark my words!!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Stuart, you just made the point yourself…

    “imo Ireland can be a very good player on his day”

    The last three words sum him up!!! As if we’re not inconsitent enough at the minute!

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Didn’t Mo’n take him to villa?..

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Bang on Angry!..
    Exactly!..
    ‘On his day’=Inconsistent!..

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #34

    Stuart – Cheers mate, some people just can’t see sense sometimes.

    Barton was poor when we first got him, ditto Nolan, they have been given a chance and are doing well now. Ireland was ridiculously good in the season he won player of the year, for some unknown reason they preferred Milner, and shafted him to Villa, where he clearly didn’t want to play. See Torres for an example of a quality player, not playing for a manager, then Daglish comes in and he is shit hot again.

    Honestly, people you should be extremely happy with Ireland, he is a quality player, Barton had a bad attitude, he changed, Ben Arfa is known for it also, he will be fine as long as he is nurtured he will be an awesome player.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Less about some moaning, more about some fans being desperate & worse still, desperate for seemingly ‘big name’ signings…Nothin’ has been learned, has it?..
    Ho hum!..

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    Punk Skunk agreed!!
    We have the trophy signing brigade out in full force today!

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    WTF!! The mackem’s are getting Muntari on loan from Inter, with a 6m option to buy.
    Awesome signing for the unwashed.

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  • Stuart

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #38

    Any newcastle fan that still expects big name signings atm are idiots imo. We all know how ashley works, and if you’re all waiting for him to spend £8m+ on a player you will be waiting a very long time.

    The players we’re looking at atm eg Ireland, Larsson, etc are good players in the level we’re going for.

    We’re one season back up from the championship with the tightest billionaire owner in the world. We don’t exactly have the same draw for players as we used to.

    You all go on about, well Ireland cant replace Nolan or Barton, do you expect them not to get an injury for the rest of their career? We need cover that is almost as good or equal to our starting 11 in every position, not just a first team and a bunch of kids.

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  • _Hercules_

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    According to Swedish media Seb turned down Newcastle but had agreed a move to Blackburn to play alongside Martin Olsson. The contract negations broke down with Newcastle and he was all set to join Blackburn when Birmingham pulled the plug.

    As a Swede I would love to see him in black and white. He gives he’s all in every game and has that fighting spirit. Nice crosses and looks better and better every year.

    Ireland is a MUST GET if he can lower he’s wagedemands. But still thinks he looks like the guy who says Mkay in South Park.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Angry,
    you’d have thought we’d have learned by now, wouldn’t ya’?..
    I reckon you shout on Tarrabt is a much more thought out one…That’s the sort of player, if risks is what we wanna take, still have a sell on value if it goes wrong…ireland has maybe one more signing before he’s well damaged goods…We don’t wanna get stuck with that, do we?..

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