Sky Sports is reporting that 24 year-old Stephen Ireland is to have a medical at Newcastle United.
Stephen Ireland – SSN reports he is to have medical
The news is that Sky Sports understand that a loan deal may now have been finally worked out between Aston Villa and Newcastle United, and the next step is for Stephen Ireland to have a medical at the famous Newcastle club.
The deal had been delayed by a disagreement between the two clubs, on how much Newcastle would pay of the player’s massive £65K/week wages, but the news is that Stephen will now travel to St. Jame’s Park to undergo his medical.
It seems the medical will take place this evening, and that should clear the way for the loan deal to be finalized some time tomorrow, and maybe even before tomorrow evening, which would be good.
There is also some other news today that Stephen has told friends that he is “open” to a move to Tyneside.
And while that doesn’t exactly say he would walk to Newcastle to join the club, it’s another clue that perhaps a breakthrough has indeed been made in this rather long standing deal.
Newcastle will also have agreed a transfer fee with Villa, should they want to make the deal permanent in the summer.
And we would have thought the fee to be around £6M(?), which could be another good deal for the Tyneside club, but only if Stephen approaches his best form before the end of the season.
Stephen Ireland has played 170 times for Manchester City with 23 goals, and appeared just 12 times for Aston Villa, whom he joined only last August.
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