It seems that Newcastle fans should not hold their breath on the Stephen Ireland deal being done, at least not until the very last stages of January’s transfer window.
Stephen Ireland – clubs haggling over his wages
News today that the two clubs are still miles apart when it comes to what percentage of Stephen’s £65K/week, the Tyneside club is willing to pay.
And as we reported yesterday it seems that this one – if it gets done at all – will be completed next Monday night.
The transfer window closes at 11:00pm next Monday night, and it seems we may all have to await the news from the club at that time.
But Newcastle seem very willing to play the waiting game, and have been successful several times in securing some good deals over the last 12 months in the transfer market.
There is always the danger another club could come in and agree to Aston Villa’s demands, although maybe Stephen is anxious to come to Newcastle, so the negotiating advantage could be with Newcastle on this one.
We have to hope so.
A Newcastle source told the Journal this morning the two clubs remain “miles apart” on wages, but the club still thinks a deal could be done nearer to Monday night’s 11pm transfer deadline.
We’ll just have to wait – but what’s new?
As far as any transfer deals are concerned involving Newcatsle, Alan Pardew had this to say today:
“I wouldn’t say anything is imminent,” “All of the clubs are gearing up towards the last day of the window.”
“What happens is you want to get the best possible deal for you.”
“I have had a couple of calls today about players who were going to other clubs but that has broken down.”
“We were asked whether we’d be interested?”
A question to Alan on that last sentence – are we interested?
So there’s a question – who could these two players be – maybe one of them is Shaun Wright Phillips?
Which players were in negotiations with other clubs – that may have broken down? Quite a few of course.
Yes – just kidding – but most of the news today has been a bit downbeat.
Comments always welcome – but please be civil to other readers who may not share your viewpoint.