Newcastle are still in negotiations with Aston Villa over signing their 24 year old central midfielder, Stephen Ireland, on loan.
Stephen Ireland – on aorund £65K/week in wages
The news on Sky Sports this morning is that the major item that is holding up the loan deal, is just how much Newcastle are willing to pay of Stephen Ireland’s massive wages of around £65K/week.
But that seems to be the one issue, and we have to assume that Stephen Ireland is keen to arrive on Tyneside, and of course as part of the deal, there will need to be a transfer fee agreed between the clubs, in case Newcastle decide to make the moved permanent this summer.
There have been some concerns about Ireland from Newcastle fans about the lad’s character, but we cannot see this being a problem, but of course if it is then Newcastle will just not sign the lad up in the summer.
Stephen has not had a good time of it over the last 18 months or so, with being ousted by the big signings at Eastlands, and then being ignored at Aston Villa by new manager Gerard Houllier, after being brought in by Martin O’Neill.
And with the good news that contract negotiations are going well with Joey Barton, we also have to believe that Newcastle are willing to pay the going wages for top players – but only for those players who deserve them.
The Ben Arfa deal was done so smoothly, and we know the youngster was on good wages when he was at Marseilles, so this view that Newcastle may be measly with their wages may bot be true.
But the club will no longer pay over the odds, which the Tyneside club was even famous for, when Freddy Shepherd was running the club.
It seems Newcastle fans may still have to wait a few days for the Ireland deal to go through, but this lads is such a good player – we hope the deal gets done.
Who do you think the other player(s) are who Newcastle want to bring in?
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