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With TLC, Stephen Ireland Can Be Great Again At Newcastle

2:19 pm, Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 275 Comments

Stephen Ireland has had a tough time of things over the last year.

Stephen Ireland – while still at Manchester City

And of course he wasn’t the only long term Manchester City player who was left out of the side, once Roberto Mancini arrived at Eastlands, and preferred the new expensive signings, to a player who had joined City in 2005 at the age of 18 from Cobh Ramblers.

There’s no doubt at all that Stephen is a gifted footballer, but he hasn’t been in his best form for these last 12 months- but he also hasn’t been given much of a chance either.

His unfortunate move to Aston Villa hasn’t been good for him, as the manager who signed him, Martin O’Neill, walked out on the club soon after Stephen was signed, as Martin also threw his dummy out of the pram.

We’ll never really know why he walked out,  but the conventional wisdom is that  American owner Randy Lerner  wouldn’t cough up enough transfer funds for O’Neill to spend.

And as soon as Frenchman Gerard Houllier took over the Aston Villa club in late September, he seemed to clash with a number of the players, and one of those players was Ireland, whom the former Liverpool manager said didn’t work hard enough.

Of course some of these things about Stephen being difficult  may even be true, but he hasn’t really been wanted at both Manchester City and Aston Villa over the last 12 months.

And this is where Newcastle come in, because he’ll be welcomed with open arms by the playing squad, led by captain Kevin Nolan.

He will be quickly integrated into the Newcastle way of doing things, and with some encouragement from new manager Alan Pardew, he could quickly regain his old form on Tyneside.

What Stephen needs on Tyneside is some Tender Loving Care.

And of course, great players on the Tyne are treated with god-like status, let’s be straight  about that – just look at the way a certain Mr. Ben Arfa has been embraced on Tyneside over the last six months.

Since the transfer fee will  already have been agreed between the clubs, in case Newcastle want to buy him in the summer,  it’s probably been set at around  £6M to £7M, and if indeed Stephen can recapture his old  form,  he could turn out to be another bargain buy for the Newcastle club.

Of course it may not happen, but we would expect the still only 24 year-old player to be warmly welcomed on Tyneside, and yes – it’s also wishful thinking that we  hope he can return to his best form –  wearing the famous black and white shirt of  Newcastle United.

Ireland  is a great player indeed, when playing at his best,  and we have to hope that’s exactly what we see from the Cork-born player during the rest of this season.

This all assumes the loan deal will go through in the next day, but today’s news that he is to have a medical at St. James’ Park today, now makes that look very likely.

If the deal goes through, then  we’ll welcome Stephen to the Newcastle club – with open arms.

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Tags: Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Stephen Ireland · Transfer News and Rumours

275 responses so far ↓

  • 1 IceIceGeordie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Hopefully all ends well.

  • 2 GAZ09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Great player who i think would do really well for us

  • 3 toonfan76 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    we need coosy info as soon as pos

  • 4 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    We would be stupid to waste 6/7 Million on him he is worth nothing near that mark. He needs to work hard which he didnt do at Villa, but he could still fail his medical!

  • 5 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    hes a funny looking cnut

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    What is TLC

  • 7 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    is it me or is he driving an imaginary car?

    brwrrrrr brrm urrrkkkkk. clunk.

  • 8 Indian Magpie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Got it

  • 9 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Tender Love & Care (TLC) Indian Magpie

  • 10 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    If he gets back to the form he was showing 2-3 seasons ago, he’d be worth every penny of the supposed 6-7 million

  • 11 NickeAlvaro // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    I really look forward to seeing him happy and smiling in the B&W, if he can recapture his form, which I think he can!
    We will have one hell of a team in the making!

  • 12 toonfan76 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    indian magpie@6 tender loving care

  • 13 GeordieDan // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Stephen Ireland on his day as a class act. I think we should really be able to get the best out of him here aswell.

    The great team ethic we have seems to rub off on everyone who comes here at the minute and its great to see.

    We’re starting to build one serious team again now. With everyone fit you’d fancy our chances against almost anyone.


  • 14 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    I dont think he can recapture his form but hey he will be smiling……because he is on 60/70k a week!

  • 15 Carl92 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    He could potentially be unreal if he recaptures his man city form. Hes a great player in and around the box, very good foot work

  • 16 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Why not ? @ gorskino10

  • 17 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    TLC stands for :- Transgender Liberation and Care..

  • 18 boater // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Cut price deals on rejects, problem cases and injured players. You all seem happy to go along with it, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt – another body in I guess. It’s consolidation more than than a ambitious bid for improvement on what we already have.

  • 19 BlacknWhite Barmy // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    seems like we go arounnd other teams looking at the treatment tables instead of playing form. Another bargain basement signing with the possiblity of a quick profit if it works out – or back to Villa if not.

    If this is what Pardew thinks will move us on, we are doomed.

  • 20 ilde2551 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    ‘Stephen Ireland has had a tough time of things over the last year.’

    Imagine having to only earn 65k a week, twice of what i earn in a year. You seriously expect me to sympathise with that? Wow, my heart bleeds for him. Its a tough life being a footballer.

  • 21 fergie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    His attitude and work rate is obviously a potential problem but if we can get the Stephen Ireland of 2 seasons ago then we have a real player on our hands. The good thing is that now we have a top quality defensive midfielder on our books, we can actually afford to have a creative centre mid alongside him with more emphasis on creating and less on defending. In so many games this season Tiote has practically been a one-man centre midfield, allowing his partner (often Nolan) to swan about further upfield. Jonas, Tiote, Ireland and Barton looks a pretty good midfield to me! Plus Ben Arfa when he comes back! Just need to make sure his attitude is spot on and let him know he’s not here for a 6-month holiday. I’m sure Barton will put him in line if he’s out of order.

  • 22 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    I think we will see something from Ireland, he doesnt wanna be at villa, and he knows if he dont play well for us he’s guna end up back there. I have faith we can bring the best out of him, as it seems that is thoughts of other newcastle fans. some are still sceptical which is fair enough due to his form in the last 12 months, it’s a gamble but a gamble which is in our favour…. we’ll either sign him up or ship him back.

  • 23 Stuart // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Gorskins opinion is obviously based on the scouting trips he has undertaken over the course of Irelands career, which form a comprehensive analysis of the player.

    Or he could be an idiot spouting bollocks.

  • 24 toonfan09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    i thought it stood for tables ladders and chairs

  • 25 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    If players don’t want to move there’s not a lot the board can do. God I hate the transfer window, everyone is overpriced. Why can’t they just go back to the way it was, surely it must be deemed as prevention of trade and therefore breake European law

  • 26 Indian Magpie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    @ boater
    @BlacknWhite Barmy

    Lets reserve judgement shall we

  • 27 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    @Irish-Toon because when some players hit bad form they usually have good attitude and are posistive to get back into the good form, but Ireland attitute is questionable and if things dont go his way early on he will just do like what he did at Villa and go into his shell and play aweful.

  • 28 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Villa and Man City play a totally different system of football. Ireland simply doesnt fit into the system at Villa. Craig Bellamy was on sky not too long ago and commented on Ireland. He said Ireland was the best player he had ever played with and mentioned that the Villa system was stiffling Ireland as a player.

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM


    you beat me to it, must be a mare thinking of how to spend £65 a week !!! Meanwhile in the real world !!!

    I think Coozy probably meant ireland and his entourage were the 3 people.

  • 30 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    cant see him getting 60k from us. maybe we are paying only part of his wages?

  • 31 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    @ Joppadoni

    Yeah but he’s entitled to his opinion, it may not be the same as ours but thats what he said, he has more knowledge of Ireland than anyone on here and he says he’s the best!

  • 32 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    The thing is, this is only a loan deal so i can not understand why some of you are against bringing him in. Basically, if he ends up a lazy arse then he goes back to Villa but on the other hand if he ends up a success then we should go on to sign him. Its a win win situation for the club. Stop the gloom and stay positive even if Ireland is our only signing today or tomorrow for that matter.

  • 33 colwell // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I can`t believe he is only 24, with a hairline like that you`d think he was in his 50`s lol

  • 34 GAZ09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Give Ireland a chance, i remember everyone running Barton down for a long time when he signed

  • 35 BlacknWhite Barmy // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    @ Indian NO – LOL

  • 36 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    @gorskino10 he didn’t really get a chance to play over the last whether it was at City or Villa

  • 37 DarloGeordie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    must have been a long holiday for him because he looks black on that photo, good player great addition to the team end of…..

  • 38 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    *last year

  • 39 donegalmag // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    the only player to look anyway good at villa this season has been thier keeper, cant blame ireland for underperforming..its hard to motivate yourself when the rest of your team are c##p…
    the team morale at the Toon alone should be enough to kick start this guy..from what ive read houlier has alienated most of the villa players since he arived even the ones he signed…this guy has got a better footballing brain than rout, guthrie and smith put together….think we gonna see him back to his best with the freedom we create in midfield through the hard work of tiote and barton..look what they have done for nolan…who would have thought he would be up to 10goals this season.
    Lets give this lad a chance…with the toon army behind him he will only grow in confidence….

  • 40 burnsie // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    @Irish Toon, dont listen to gorskino10 mate…he nahs nowt about football. thats all he can say…irelands crap, he not worth that, he wont re-capture his form, etc.

    gorskino lad, how many times…he cant lose raw, natural talent! its getting embarrassing now mate lol.

  • 41 arfa chance // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Coozy lad any info

  • 42 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    @24… Toonfan09

    that doesnt make sense !

    my headline reads :-With Transgender Liberation and Care, Stephen Ireland Can Be Great Again At Newcastle

    yours reads:- With tables ladders and chairs, Stephen Ireland Can Be Great Again At Newcastle

    it just doesnt make sense, its crazy talk. Ha!

  • 43 steburnip // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Just wait, few month down the line, ireland will be a king to most of you lot!! Give him a chance!!

    Sad people who are slating him, he is quality.

  • 44 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    @burnsie, just wanted to see what pearls of wisdom we were going to get this time. I suppose everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, I just happen to think if Barton can change then why can’t Ireland, maybe Joey can help out there too

  • 45 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    @ Joppadoni

    Yeah thats the reason this whole ireland thing has bin strung out for a while cus both clubs have been trying to negotiate on how much of the wages we are going to pay. Good to see us being sensible about this at least.

  • 46 toonfan09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    he might have been a pro wrestler as a child

  • 47 boater // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    TLC means tight, loaded, cnut. It’s Ashley.

  • 48 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    @ Herbies

    Bellas is not allowed an opinion and i do know how good Ireland was. i hope Burnsies right and he the team spirit we have lifts him and he recaptures previous form. after all hes only what, 23? so hes going to improve even more. i certainly hope so because theres no doubting his impact in seasons gone by for city

  • 49 toonfan76 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Does anyone know if the medical is sorted yet or are we just assuming he’s signed?

  • 50 baztoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Heard that edu is one of the other players

  • 51 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    32 hours left of the transfer window….can’t come f**in quick enough for me!! Just wanna know whats going on, i hate being in the dark about the team i love… me the light!!! lol

  • 52 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    good point toonfan09, lol

    he also could have been a confused cross dressing transvestite waiting to be old enough for an op

  • 53 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM


    What source mate?

  • 54 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM


    Somebody shouted he’s signed earlier, but with request to some evidence i was not presented with any…. so i would assume, the medical is still ongoing.

  • 55 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    hes already signed. Newcastle only sign contracts at 14:00 as thats when the time locks for the safe with Ashleys Biros in it opens…

  • 56 Smithy // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Ireland is a great player .fair enough he hasn’t turned it on at villa.I’d say great signing if it happens. HWTL

  • 57 bobpac11 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    chinedu? hardly..

  • 58 cheikmate // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Ireland was voted citys player of the year only 2 seasons ago and hes still young. he will be a class signing and should bring some creativity to the side.
    still hoping for another signing or 2 but thts cos am greedy. 🙂

  • 59 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Didn’t Houlier say that Ireland was staying at Villa just the other day?

  • 60 baztoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Just a mate at work. He said ireland had Passed a medical and edu was supposed to be in town

  • 61 Irish-Toon // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    There’s nothing on either clubs official site

  • 62 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM


    Lol with you on that mate! I almost feel guilty for wanting another signing, clearly its hard to just manage one signing in a month. 🙂

  • 63 Edd Case // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Ireland will sign I’m sure of that, unless of course, he fails a medical.

    He’ll bring more quality to our midfield but his move here obviously keeps Joey out on the right…unless Ireland is moved out there?

    You’d have to assume we go back to a 451 too with Tiote, Nolan, Barton, Jonas and Ireland as a midfield.
    Barton, Nolan, Ireland and Jonas flying forward with Tiote mopping up.

    Sounds ok to me

  • 64 toonarmy21 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Give the lad a chance no point slagging him off just yet admittedly he’s got to get his head down and knuckle down, if he does a loan deal with option to buy will be good, if he doesn’t then pack him back home either way we win.

  • 65 toonfan76 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    thanks for the reply sephiro
    joppadoni@54 that’s a pure classic mate, not quite right though, it’s not biros he’s got in there, it’s those little pens that he’s nicked from the bookies!

  • 66 cyprus // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Would love to have him on board. Vision, power, dribble, can score, just great! But, keep our eyes on the back door… we don’t want anyone out! (ok, Ameobi, Smith maybe!)

  • 67 Edd Case // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM


    Will this be our midfield next season?

    Where will Nolan fit in? Guthrie sold? Smith scrapped?

  • 68 bosamuelson // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Oooh, Edd Case I can’t bare the suspense 😉

  • 69 nufc90 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Quality player…we’ll be paying 50% of his wages I’ve heard which is 36,000. Less than a lot of players salaries at nufc. Good deal IMO

  • 70 nufcgaz687 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    i think it will look like this next season

    –Barton- Nolan–Ireland–

  • 71 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Lol Bosamuelson

    Find out in the next episode… 😀

  • 72 cheikmate // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    wolves have signed jamie ohara, so that was more bullshit from the sun today cos they linked him with us

  • 73 HaZ-NUFC // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

  • 74 cyprus // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    nufcgaz687 u left out out best player, Jonas. Rather have Nolan out. Anyway, what with injuries all this is academic

  • 75 cheikmate // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    that is pure class, ive never seen that vid before. cant wait to have him back playing. if hes on the left the link up with jose will be unreal to watch!

  • 76 Whitecap // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I don’t hold high hopes for Ireland. He was pushed out by 2 different managers and was told by his last boss that he wasn’t working hard enough in training. He looked awful against Newcastle when we smacked them around 6-0.

    I just hope that he doesn’t become a problem with other members in the squad and starts to whine and give a 50% effort when the team doesn’t start him everyday.

    Low expectations for this fellow. I hope he can prove me wrong.

  • 77 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    To all the people who called taarabt a circus act, well it looks like he’s joining those other clowns Nani et al at Manu U. Chance seriously missed.

  • 78 joppadoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    i heard on the old grapevine about our enquiries into BenArfa and when i looked for vids that was the first one i saw. i laughed it off tbh, 2 weeks later it was being reported and i was giddy with excitement lol

  • 79 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM


    Simpson Colo S.Taylor Enrique


    Barton Ireland Jonas



  • 80 xfer // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Looking forward to having Ireland with the team… Creative player who adds quality to what we already have!

  • 81 nufcgaz687 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    i can see Ireland being a long term replacement for nolan if we can get him playing for the rest of the season and he shows what he can do

  • 82 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM


    Would you really want to play Jonas on the left? He is much better on the right, u only have to watch him when played on the right for the spuds game, was much more comfortable and his crossing was waaaaaay much better…. they certainly wasnt expecting him to play that well…..nor were we! lol 😀

  • 83 Sinner // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Rotonda heights

    Manchester United has not made an approach for Taarabt.He is just being cocky saying he is ready to go to Manchester united.

    “I’m ready to go to Manchester United.”-what he said. -.-

  • 84 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM


    is that edu, the amercian wonderkid ?

  • 85 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM


    I see what you are saying but i only put that formation up to accommodate the best players we have when all are fit.

  • 86 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Rotonda heights

    your thinking of Adu.

  • 87 craigcoozy // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Hey sorry havnt replied its bin manic all day, latest is ireland due bck from medical in 2o mins, there was 3 people expected 2 of those were ireland and agent and they expecting 1 more tomorrow! So looks like it will be just 2 players! But u never knw we mite get offered players at last minute on cheap like keane or sumet!

  • 88 BlacknWhite Barmy // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    lets be honest its low risk for the club – but hardly a signing to fill the stadium.

    I t hink he is to similar to Barton – remember he only started to play well when we got barton – we could end up with a gerrard / lampard problem

  • 89 boater // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Rotonda Heights. Is that true – taarabt? Man that’s a kick in the teeth. Doubt we were ever in the running if that’s the case though.

  • 90 toonfan76 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    thanks for the info coozy, will you be keeping us posted tomorrow?

  • 91 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM


    yeah thats fair enough, why wouldnt you! 🙂 i see what your saying, ireland woulndt be good on the wing imo. if he was id have jonas on the right, ireland on the left with barton in the middle.

  • 92 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    thanks for the update Coozy, greatfully recieved. 🙂

  • 93 burnsie // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    it’ll be ireland and one more – either larsson or puncheon (left out of s’hampton squad last nite and spotted at the jesmond dene on friday nite) i would guess……..

  • 94 toonchip // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    This just posted on cwarr07 twitter
    “Not just Ireland coming into #nufc Good to see Ashley backing AP”
    I wonder who it could be?

  • 95 IceIceGeordie // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Hopefully it is Larsson and Puncheon,Im greedy as Mike Ashley… How bad of me.

  • 96 DanNUFC // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    i really really don’t understand why people keep leaving Nolan out of their lineups!!! he’s one of our best, most influential players who always comes up with goals, and leaving him out would be a big mistake.

  • 97 donegalmag // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Watch this video, talent like that does not just disappear, its up to pardew and the lads to help him find it a certain unempoloyed commentator once said form is temperary, class is forever..

  • 98 MacToon // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Cheers Craig, ever reliable m8 😉

    Ireland, imo will be a good signing, I think (hope) he’ll fit in well with the closeness of our squad and hopefully his form will follow. However, a loan deal, if he doesn’t do well or fit in etc. we don’t buy him… simple as!

    Still not holding my breath though but only 30 hours or so left to wait.

  • 99 GAZ09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I agree i wouldnt leave out Nolan either, he is so important to us due to his goals and more importantly leadership.

  • 100 Mo Drysdale // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    HOME: 3-5-2




    ————–BEN AFA——CARROLL————–











  • 101 kilcline // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    I have heard that it all depends on the Torres deal, we want Sturridge on loan. We wont sign anyone tomorrow permanently.

    Although we are looking at some non league player down south Matthew Lane, scored 46 times in 26 games this season.

  • 102 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Ok then so we put Nolan in, maybe a little unfair but where could he be accommodative, a little unfair just to drop Nolan for Ireland if we were to get him. Nolan would start if i am perfectly honest and it would be up to Ireland to pinch his spot by giving good performances. A little harsh to drop Nolan after all he has scored quite a few goals for us.

  • 103 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM


    Loan deals are ok if there is an option to buy.

  • 104 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Dropping Nolan would be utter insanity! the guy has score 10 goals for us this season, vital one’s at that. can’t eblive some people can show ignorance to that, Nolan pushes the team when they need pushing…..dropping him would be a big, big mistake.

  • 105 jaw4life // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM


    #nufc interested in taking Daniel Sturridge on loan, contact made with #cfc on Friday

  • 106 kilcline // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Toon1978, didn’t say they werent mate. I think its a cracking deal for Ireland, lad is class but lost his way a tad, look at the team we put out against Spuds, we are short on players. If we brought Ireland on instead of Perch we may have won it. We need numbers in.

    Vital we get another 10 points as quick as possible then we can really look to build in the summer.

  • 107 toonarmy21 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Have also heard something about Matthew lane not seen anything of him think he plays for salisbury, good scoring record but big step up

  • 108 kilcline // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM


    Yeah someone like that, apparently he has electric pace (used to run for Britain as a schoolboy). He got a serious nose injury last year thats why we didnt snap him up then. He is 19 i believe.

  • 109 MT // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Pardew said that two offers for players this week.
    one is Ireland,hope the other is winger

  • 110 craigcoozy // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Toonfan am workin tomoz so will keep u posted! Its pain cos not only hav i got to update on here i have all me mates askin for updates via text every to seconds! Lookin 4 ward to seeing irelands car actualy! Its meant to be all pimped up lol he will ne class signin i think! Hes only lost form becos mancini nd hullier havnt gt any man management skills wot so ever ! And dont understand wot hes about! Am sure barton will take him under his wing and get him enjoying his footy again and smashin em in for us!

  • 111 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    @Mo Drysdale

    Am I missing something?

    I’ve always said we need a FART STRIKER!

  • 112 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    If it wasnt for nolan’s hatrick we wouldnt have thrashed the unwashed 5-1, the best scoreline we’ve had against them in donkey’s! Shame on anybody for leaving Nolan out, the guy bleed’s black and white and ull rush him to the bench to make way for ireland? Completley absurd!

  • 113 Skream // Jan 30, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Xisco to Deportivo apparently

  • 114 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM


    Is there an option to buy these players do you know???

  • 115 Jonas18 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM





  • 116 Skream // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM

  • 117 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM


    Really? where is your source pal?

  • 118 mattyNUFC // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I know alot of people are excited about this. blast me, but i’m not. I do hope he does well of course and I would loved to be proven wrong, but I think most of the guys in the squad will not be able to look past his ridiculous lifestyle if he doesnt start performing immediately…..just my thoughts

    anyway, on a now irrelevant note that’s down to our complacency, looks like Taarabt will be on his way to Man United…..and there were still people here thinking our interest was misplaced in a championship player, ha!,19528,11688_6710649,00.html

  • 119 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Ah….Kudos Skream 🙂

  • 120 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Nolan = Jonny on the spot. Great finisher, never gives the ball away, I personally think he’s a better captian than Shearer, not a better player but better captain.

  • 121 Nojdani // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Nice move by NUFC. Now it is up to Ireland to prove he is good enough to play for us :o)

  • 122 kilcline // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM


    Option to buy Ireland (the £6-7m is a number plucked out the air by Edd lol)

    Sturridge – No option to buy

  • 123 mattyNUFC // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Nolan never gives the ball away? HA! he gives it away more than any other player besides Shola. Doesnt mean I don’t like him, but look on Stevenage’s 3rd goal. It was all down to him. He loses ball, has a chance to get back on his man and jogs back while they break

  • 124 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Herbied Bonnet

    I agree with that completley. And some fans seem to think he should be moved to the bench to make way for ireland. Nolan has done an outstanding job for us….his influence on other players is easily noticed, and has given them more confiednce in their game.

  • 125 boater // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Nolan is the club captain. The father figure for our young star player. One of the league’s leading goalscorers – from midfield!

    Even after all of that you still don’t rate his importance to us these days, it’s irrelevant. He is going to start EVERY game when fit so stop leaving him out of poxy team sheets.

  • 126 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    @ mattyNUFC

    OK he obviously gives the ball away sometimes, what you should have said is he is very good at keeping the ball. Granted Stevenage but it was an aweful pitch.

    He keeps the ball better than any other midfielder at the toon with no exception!

  • 127 sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM


    In all fairness most players had a shoddy game in that match against Stevenage , bar maybe a couple of players. Nolan does have his off games, but they are only a few in a season…. Stevenage game was horrible to watch, but unfortunatley i had a feeling they would give us a tough game…. still not forgetting the time before last!!

  • 128 mattyNUFC // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    i like Nolan, alot. Do I think he can cut it past next season if Ireland or some other play maker steps up in front of Tiote? Dunno….pending we still’ve got Tiote! 🙂

    I’m sure Tiote will be off to Chelsea in the summer. He’s got two good friends there already and it would just seem natural for him. He’s not a world beater yet but in a team like that he very well could be.

    tired of this. just want to watch some footy

  • 129 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM


    Always have time for you as you seem the real deal, but have you seen Mancini’s and Houllier’s CVs !!!

  • 130 dave 1961 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Nolan is in the twilight of premiership carrier, most games if he does not score he contributes nothing to the game, personally I would play him the last 30 -40 minutes of a game when the speed of the game has slowed to his level, his legs are not those of a top premier league player but his brain is, this is the contribution I would have him make. I bet he would score a lot more than he does now.

  • 131 Skream // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Xisco’s meant to be a loan to buy switch

  • 132 burnsie // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM


    Sand and Xisco tomorrow pass Monday medical examination with the Sport one Domingo 30/01/2011 15:19, canaldeportivo, To Corunna The Argentine forward Jose Sand and also the Spanish ram Xisco have predicted to arrive behind schedule this at A Corunna. Tomorrow Monday 31 of January, both soccer players first thing pass medical examination in charge of the Medical Services of the Real Sport Club.


  • 133 Toonboy_84 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Really good link to the spuds game. Warren Barton is in the studio too.

  • 134 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    @Rotonda Heights

    I very much doubt whether Craigcoozy has seen both Mancini and Houlliers CVs. I thought he worked in a hotel…anyway, how would a CV reflect man management skills, you can be sucessful without being personable.

    If you have a copy I’ll have a look though 🙂

  • 135 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    dave 61

    Couldn’t have put itbetter. If he doesn’t score he’s not really in the game, bu he does have the happy knack of knowing where the net is, but does lack fitness over 90 mins !!

  • 136 HaZ-NUFC // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    xisco is on his way ;]

  • 137 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Hoping for injuries to Hangeland, Johnson, Dembele and Dempsey!

  • 138 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Agree with the fitness thing regarding Nolan but I dont think your givin him the credit he deserves, he keeps the ball moving without being outstanding, v. important to us, Ireland would be eventual replacement.

    Any stats on Nolan?

  • 139 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    herbie’s bonnet

    You will never keep everyone happy in any walk of life, not just football. Personally I think their levels of success speak for themselves and outweigh any occasional fall outs with one or 2 players.

    Cuddly sweethearts don’t make great managers.
    Clough and Fergie being prime examples. Mess with them and you’re out, man management or not.

    I feel you are also doing a disservice to Coozy. He may indeed be very au fait with those gentlemen’s CVs. Who are we to judge what knowledge can be gleaned from those breakfast trays !

  • 140 Hugh Jorgan // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    From the BBC
    Man City’s England winger Adam Johnson will be out for three months with ankle ligament damage. Johnson didn’t play for City against Notts County today – he was injured in training in midweek.

  • 141 Toonboy_84 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    1 nil Fulham

  • 142 dave 1961 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    to me it’s not about the starting 11 anymore it’s a squad game, and players might be ok against Blackpool, but against man u they will look to be past it, when we have a bigger squad we might just be able to last 96 minutes, I have felt for a while we just did not have the level of fitness we should have had, now with a better coaching staff we can improve on it. with Ashley’s impending move into mainland Europe, he will make more funds available, but it’s not about how much he will spend but about the value he gets, Graeme Carr reports direct to Ashley so we will not get any word off what he’s up to but Ashley does have confidence in him. We know the players we are hearing about are the ones Pardew wants, its kept quiet what Carrs up to protect what he’s finding and not to alert any other team, as that would put the price up, or lose the target.

  • 143 37 BEN ARFA 37 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Deal for Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins yet to be completed?

    He hasn’t signed for birmingham on loan but Alex McLeish is still hopefull.

    Oba has traveled to England today to find a loan move?

  • 144 Toonboy_84 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    spuds down to 10 men. 2 nil Fulham. 2 penaltys lol

  • 145 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    @Rotonda heights

    I actually agree cuddly sweet hearts dont make great managers but by the same token if your the type of player that needs an arm round you, someone whos gonna tell you your a great player and you dont get it then troule lies ahead. Ireland seems like that type of player, I’m hoping the team spirit at Newcastle will make him feel wanted…Pardew seems to have his head screwed on in this department.

    Clough and fergie agreed are managers not to be messed with but also were father figures to players, they inspired because they made the players feel wanted. Mancini and Houllier did not make Ireland feel like that!

    Good point though

  • 146 37 BEN ARFA 37 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    2-0 fulham

  • 147 Toonboy_84 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    I’d have Oba back

  • 148 dave 1961 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    on it has a small article about martins

  • 149 toonfan76 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    CraigCoozy thanks for the reply, be carefull you don’t get yourself into trouble. Nice to have some inside info that can be relied upon. CHEERS

  • 150 arfa chance // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    No thanks Oba . You flattered to decieve when you were our no 9. If you had learnt to pass you could have been decent, instead ur ran into defenders like a headless chicken. But alas nearly 2 yrs down the line and ur an older, worse player.

  • 151 37 BEN ARFA 37 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Newcastle will make a last-minute bid to sign Coventry keeper Keiren Westwood before the transfer window closes.

    But if the Magpies cannot agree a £500,000 deal with the Sky Blues, they will bide their time until the summer, when the 26-year-old is a free agent.

  • 152 burnsie // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM


  • 153 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    when we we sign players its not about who they will replace its about will they improve are sqaud so that we can rotate the in certain games, and will ireland, larrson improve are sqaud definetely yes, glad to see xisco gettin a move bk to spain hope it wks out for him, and them benzema rumours my god i know it wont happen but it would be amazing if it did

  • 154 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    @arfa chance 149

    100% Agree

  • 155 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Went a little quiet. Why do transfers seem to drag on and bloody on???????

  • 156 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    westwood would be a good move by the club, its gonna b hard to keep forster n krul plus harps hasnt got long left

  • 157 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    spurs getting battered lol

  • 158 Toonboy_84 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    3-0. Unlucky floppy chops.

  • 159 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Was hoping Spuds would give Fulham a decent game today…3-0

  • 160 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    hahahaha the most arrogant fans in the EPL watching their team get tonked.

  • 161 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    westwood 26 but has played nearly the same amount of games as harps 500,000 id say do it like i say u cant see us bein able to keep krul n forster happy

  • 162 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I think Stephen Ireland will be a great addition to our squad. He is not that much of a selfish player which is good. An great passer and finesse shot. He did have an excellent season at Man Citeh lets hope he carries that form to Newcastle.

  • 163 connor_nufc // Jan 30, 2011 at 4:59 PM


  • 164 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    that season when ireland was class he was playing wide right, got to remember i didnt really wanna go to villa thats prob why it hasnt worked for him

  • 165 connor_nufc // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Francisco Jiménez Tejada (born 26 June 1986 in Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands), commonly known as Xisco, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña in La Liga on loan from Newcastle United, as striker.

  • 166 connor_nufc // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM


  • 167 arfa chance // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Lmao at spurs . Hope fulham are knackered on wed

  • 168 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    what do ppl think about sturridge if it happened he is player i rate highly but i dont like doin loan deals when u aint got the option to buy after it

  • 169 mashearer // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    farewell xisco..he’s just unlucky.wrong place at wrong time

    this fulham result are good for us imo..hopefully our player will take on fulham seriously not like when we play westbrom etc

  • 170 Cockney Magpie // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Ireland will bring exactly what we have been missing just like ben arfa so now we have 2 people with the ability to create chances and unlock defences, a bit of flair

  • 171 JP...from The Rock // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Ireland has become disillusioned by the change of manager at both clubs as neither gave him a chance. I have no doubt that he’ll come back to his best just like Barton did. I rate Ireland very highly and will certainly do very well for us. He will give us much more options and will be the great creative player we lacked. If a hole needs filling in our midfield he could cover with ease and cause the opposition problems with his slick passing. He also has an eye for goal and is very similar to Barton and Nolan so that has to be good 🙂 I wonder if we manage to get anyone else in? If we also get Max Gradel from Leeds or Taarabt of QPR I’ll go crazy celebrating!! 😀

  • 172 mushy // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Spurs losing 3-0, down to 10 men, beginning to lose their rags.
    A few stupid tackles resulting in some short-term injuries to some Fulham players wouldn’t come amiss.

  • 173 boater // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    What spurs need is a really good striker, someone in the Carroll mould for e.g. 😉

  • 174 arfa chance // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Davytoon –Rapid player still a good body in , more players available in summer so saves paying over odds in jan

  • 175 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Well goodbye Xisco! I always thought that he had some talent but than he was always injured or not showing any good sings to Pardew. At least that freed up some wages!

  • 176 Whitecap // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Just saw Pardew at Craven Cottage watching the Fulham-Tottenham match.

  • 177 toonoholic // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    anyone see pardew watching the fulham game?Shldnt he be out there wrapping deals up ?

  • 178 37 BEN ARFA 37 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Just seen Alan Pardew in the fulham crowd watching fulham v spurs?

    cant be workin on transfers then?

  • 179 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    I think he will leave the signings for tomorrow, i think 2 signings like Craigcoozy said, and since we play Fulham next then he is scouting them.

  • 180 mashearer // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    i think carr and llambias is enough for transfer dealing

  • 181 mushy // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    chronicle online now reporting Xisco to Deportivo as a loan/option to buy as a done deal.

  • 182 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    West ham sign Keane on loan.

  • 183 ochytoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Its called scouting

  • 184 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    has no-one heard of a balackberry, people moaning about pardew doing a bit of work looking at our next opposition. what next, someone will be moaning that they saw him in the public toilets at burger king.

  • 185 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    typo above on blackberry

  • 186 Sinner // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Thats pretty much bad news!
    Seems we wont be doing any business tomorrow. :/

    Also,if he is scouting Fulham,it would have been much better in front of the TV!

  • 187 ochytoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Is he looking at dempsey???

  • 188 craigcoozy // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Toonfan- ma sources run lil deeper than that i dont give away everything bout ma sources to ensure no trouble is caused! Finished for day but just as tweeted that wudnt get any info , i gt call sayin ireland has arrived bck from medical and passed 🙂 so expect announcement shortley! Havnt clue wot sort of deal like!

  • 189 Whitecap // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Villa is looking to bring in Michael Bradley. Got to say, I’d rather take Bradley than Ireland.

  • 190 GAZ09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    hes not scouting. Hes looking at how to play against them

  • 191 Hugh Jorgan // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Ha Ha Ha
    Suck on that Sloppychops
    Fulham 4 Spurs 0

  • 192 tcbelfast // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    tlc..Truck Load of!!

  • 193 sheznufc // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Apparently Sturridge has been made available for loan, what is everyones views on that, I think he would compliment Carroll immensely.

  • 194 GAZ09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    you dont have sources Coozy, what you tell us is nothing we dont already know or can google

  • 195 Rotonda heights // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM


    agreed, just as good without any baggage

  • 196 MJLiddell // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

  • 197 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    jus pards is fulham dont mean nothin happenin with transfers dlambias n lee charney will b sorting them

  • 198 faustino // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Pardew has zip, balls all to do with contract negotiations.

  • 199 arfa chance // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    How is the manager scouting our next opponents for a must win 3 pts bad news??? If the deals are already in place as pards stated on Friday, and its a case of waiting to see if any clubs offer silly money. What else is he supposed to do if our our next opponents are playing on.the Sunday, especially if owlhead and Carr are sorting new players out? For once We are handling transfer Windows astutely and not being sucked in. Amazing nowadays you can get emails and calls out of the office. It’s brilliant

  • 200 burnsie // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM


    Fulham goal: Too easy. Far too easy. But still a quality finish. Moussa Dembele leaves Sebastien Bassong in his wake as he waltzes past him before unleashing a fierce shot from the edge of the area that flies between the diving Heurelho Gomes and his right-hand post.
    1717: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-0 Tottenham (Dembele)
    1716: There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the first half. Harry Redknapp’s half-time team-talk should be interesting…
    1713: A bit of a delay while one of the linesmen has treatment. I think Spurs defender Sebastian Bassong has kicked some mud into his own eye. Painful, ouch!

  • 201 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    would love sturridge but wud like to but him after the loan

  • 202 G // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Back to the subject matter, seems opinion is split on Ireland. Seems a no-brainer to me, that if he is here on loan, then the only thing that matters is not his past, but what he does now. If it works out, great, if not he can go back to Villa. Simples.

  • 203 faustino // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Bassong has to be the first defender to leave Newcastle and actually look a worse player, one year later.

  • 204 JohnnyBrookes // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Definitely worth a punt on Sturridge, one hundred percent, pacy, finishes well and is young.

    Would definitely work well with Carroll, would be killer, if Chelski get torres he is gone.

  • 205 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    good point if chelsea get torres wud hav a chance of signing him if u get him up here n he loves it sturridge would b great

  • 206 NIMAGPIE // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Get Sturridge in…great pace!!! If we get him on loan he will want to sign after a few months in North East

  • 207 lou9brasil // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    We must be bringing in at leader 2 players seeing as we are letting xisco go to deportivo… Ha ha floppy chops redknapp the master tactician ur multi million pound team aren’t a goo as you thought are they I’m sure he will have some cracking excuses at the end of the match the southern tw@t!!!

  • 208 sheznufc // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Also with xisco on his way the Sturridge may already be in place, here’s to hoping

  • 209 lou9brasil // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Lads I’m not pissed sorry about the spelling mistakes just woke up!!

  • 210 Mac // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Xisco given permission to talk to Deportivo

  • 211 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    pardew he wanted 1 plus one in for routledge so with xisco goin thats another so we should sign ireland plus 2 more sturridge n larrson that would b a good window

  • 212 kevymartins // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    when does he get back from injury??

  • 213 andoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Deportivo has signed Xisco on loan.

    Good luck Xisco! And I hope he can become the striker he was once.

  • 214 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    but he said we bid for 2 players so it cud b 2 permanent deals still think puncheon could come in

  • 215 MacToon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    GAZ09, sometimes it’s better to say nothing than talk bo110cks!

  • 216 Carl92 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    would love sturridge like, still only 21. if we got him you would hope the loan would have an option to buy clause attached to it.

  • 217 tjshawsey // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Skysports says we have allowed deportivo to speak to him.

  • 218 andoni // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    It seems that it’s not totally sure the loan move. The only thing that it’s true is that Xisco is on his way to Deportivo.

  • 219 stk85 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    ireland is undoubtedly a talent but i would rather sign another striker or a decent winger. either instead of ireland and concentrate on getting haris vuckic ready for first team football. we better not waste that lad’s talent

  • 220 Thump // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Xisco to Depor would be a loan move, surely.

    Depor already had an agreement with striker Francisco Jiménez Tejada ‘Xisco’ (24, Newcastle United) and right winger Franisco Javier Peral Periane ‘Javito’ (27, Aris Thessaloniki FC).

    It was informed that both would be zero-cost transfers


  • 221 davybtoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    if we got sturridge we cud carroll,ranger,sturridge all 19 to 21 years of age all great talents with best 24 n airey 18 as back up and get rid of shola n lovenkrands

  • 222 mashearer // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    thump maybe it just mean there is no loan fee…im sure hope deportivo have their share in xisco wages

  • 223 garyharri // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Hello everyone I have been reading this blog for over a year and thought I best if i register and post some comments. Im a lifelong Toon fan and have endured the highs and lows are we all have and think this blog is the best around. Im not one of those fans who think reality is Football Manager and think I might have some valid things to say.
    Stephen Ireland could be a coup if his head is right its all about his attitude so hopefuly Nolan and Barton can make sure his attitude fits in to the ethos of the squad. Also Xisco possibly going out on loan to deportivo , this can only be a good thing in my opinion because as soon as he is off the books the better. Im not expeecting much more action in the transfer window to be honest but think a £4m bid for SWP might be worthwhile as long as the fat man gives us the money instead of losing it in the casino. Would like to see Vukic out on loan to Championship side to give him mathces. HTL

  • 224 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    WTF Xisco has been sold for £0 😮 whats the point is it a loan or full agreement?

  • 225 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    i dont care if we gave him away for free, he was on over 2 million a year in wages

  • 226 Thump // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    @mashearer: That’s what I thought, but notice how they’re saying “transfer” not “loan”.

  • 227 mashearer // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    i guess if its transfer its better than us having to pay compensation to terminate his contract

  • 228 Thump // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    True I suppose. I just wish that we could make some of the £5 we spent on him back (or that he was at least given half a chance on the field).

    That said, it isn’t official yet.

  • 229 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    lets not worry too much, it was only a fiver

  • 230 GAZ09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Xisco has gone on LOAN not a free transfer!

  • 231 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    I think after we complete the signing of Stephen Ireland than for sure Daniel Sturridge will be arriving on Tyneside. The reason is because Chelsea are on the brink of signing Fernando Torres for 40 million and Anelka. Liverpool are not interested in Sturridge as they have new signing Luiz Suarez and young striker David N’Gog, Dirk Kuyt and lots of other young strikers.

  • 232 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    And Liverpool will have Anelka in the striking order.

  • 233 ToonBry // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:26 PM


    I’m with you fella. He should have been given more of a chance. No-one can prove themselves unless given lots of playing time, which unfortunately he wasnt. I think given time he would have been pretty good out on the wings.

  • 234 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    When Ireland signs, who will he replace! tbh I can’t see him making the Starting XI as Gutierrez is starting to find some form and Nolan has been brilliant all season long(he can’t be replaced).

    What’s the point in getting HIM!, I’d rather have El Arabi or SWP.

  • 235 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    sturridge will end up in the championship as no one would want to take a gamble on him at this stage of the season unless they where in desperate need. we have 5 strikers now, one might be injured for a few more weeks but we do not need a player like sturridge who is hardly the next didier drogba anyway.

    if people want to look at a young player who really is decent then look at wiltshire of arsenal but there is no way that they would let him out on loan as they know that he can do the business now even at the age of 18.

    if chelsea send sturridge out on loan, it would be to get playing time and he wont get much of that here

  • 236 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM


    I understand ur point but when Tiote and Barton are out again hopefully not u don’t want Smith in Center Mid again do you? Stephen Ireland can fill in that role.

  • 237 rodneytoontoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    alright lads, my dad rodney senior is a taxi driver for toon taxi’s and he has just picked up llambias from jesmond and apparently were thrashing out a deal for danny graham with ryan taylor going the other way. sounds like a good deal, hes young, english and his sister apparently works in fenwicks.

  • 238 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM


    Now why would we believe that?

  • 239 wicksy // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Hello lads, i don’t come on here a lot, only when i’ve got some credible information. My brother is one of the kitmen at Blackpool and he reliably informed me that DJ Campbell is on his way up tonight to discuss a move with Newcastle. He had a 2million release clause and we have activated it. Watch this space

  • 240 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Do we have a big enough squad to loan ALOT of youngsters and even some of our squad players too i mean thats atm 2 gone i this window 0 in (myabe 1 if u count Arfa)

  • 241 rodneytoontoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    well my dad also told me about routledge going to qpr and i came on here and told ppl b4 there was any whispers about it in the media. watford apparently had agreed to let him go in the summer but we want the deal done now so weve added ryan taylor into the deal and its been accepted. pardew tried to get him when he was at southampton as well!

  • 242 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM


    Is Graham any good?

  • 243 toonfan09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    no he isnt he isnt even prolific in the championship

  • 244 Spuggy // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Am I missing something – isn’t it obvious where ireland can fit in the midfield…..



    Simples. If he regains form and fits into the squad we keep him and buy him. If not then send him back end of season and find a RW, move Joey back to centre.

  • 245 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Danny Graham
    25 games
    15 goals
    5 assists
    25 shots

    His stats from ..

  • 246 Geordie-Gerrard7 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    I like Danny graham and he is a massive toon fan. But I’m not sure if he is prem standard.

  • 247 nufcgaz687 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM


    i said we should look at danny graham a few articals ago him and gary madine both ex carilse players im from there originally and r good players


    he is a good player scoring goals for watford regularly

  • 248 Spuggy // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    DJ Campbell? 29 yr old? As a stop gap yes to fill in for AC.

  • 249 toonfan09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    aye but he has 29 goals in 80 appearences his overall goal rate is worse than sholas

  • 250 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    danny graham sounds believable, dj campbell does not, but i suppose only time will tell.

  • 251 henock1989 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

  • 252 nufcgaz687 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM


    you have to take in to account the teams he has played for carilse and watford with a better team comes a better return

    at least im hoping if he does come

  • 253 lewytoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    apparently were after jason pucheon from southampton. its on twitter and other transfer sites.

  • 254 Herbies Bonnet // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    If this is the Danny Graham that used to play for leam rangers I played against him about 10 years ago and he was awesome. Ive txt my mate, who played in the same team as him, to see if its actually true…no response as yet!

  • 255 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    according to wikipedia, graham scored in 7 games in a row ending on the 15th of jan this month, would be a good replacement for lovenkrands as his time is surely coming to an end.

  • 256 toonfan09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    aye but u gotta take into account the opposition he scored against as well

  • 257 nufcgaz687 // Jan 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    i would like to see Danny Graham here over dj campbell and i think he is better than lovenkrands as he is geting on now and past his best and i think he is better than shola

  • 258 lewytoon // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    would get dany graham defo, probs quite cheap aswell, and from gateshead like me 😛 him and carroll the gateshead lads upfront, class. he has a good record and his granny lives in felling

  • 259 nufcgaz687 // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    true true but watford and carilse arnt knocking on the door of promotion they arnt the best in the leagues alot better teams above them

  • 260 baro // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    I’d personally look elsewhere for a new striker.

  • 261 boater // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Can I humbly request people stop writing ‘simples’ on this or any other toon forum.

  • 262 munch27 // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    If it bothers you don’t read SIMPLES

  • 263 ToonBry // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Danny Graham may be good in the Championship but might not settle in the prem. Look at Lovenkrands. Good in the SPL and good in the Championship but AWFUL in the prem. Yeah he gets a few assists but doesn’t have the pace or strength to beat Prem class defenders.

  • 264 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    to be fair not one person could really say weather or not danny graham could make it in the premier league, but it would be a cheap gamble and if 1 in 5 chaep gambles pays off then it is not really a gamble atall.

  • 265 toonfan09 // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    he has played in the premier league with boro had 15 appearences and 1 goal

  • 266 burnsie // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM



    these are terrible signings. dj campbell has done excellent this season and is perfect for blackpool…BUT US???

  • 267 Toon1978 // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Ohhh dear D.Graham…..i hope not.

  • 268 lewman // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    i reckon he was quite young back then toonfan, so not really a good way of judging his potential.

  • 269 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Are we still after El Arabi or not? HOPE SO!! but if Sturridge is available, I’d rather take him than no-one without a doubt as Xisco has joined Deportivo on Loan for the season, Ameobi is pure Lazy and Best scoring a hat-rick was just a one off by the looks of things so when Andy gets injured we have no-one in front of goal apart from Nolan and even COLOCCINI!

  • 270 gorskino10 // Jan 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    No one is coming tommmow (of ones that arnt already done) Ireland is signed but they delayed it to make it look like they have signed someone in deadline day tommoz tbh a whole window and only Ireland in my days \;(

  • 271 Bentley // Jan 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM


    Haha! 🙂

  • 272 AndyMac // Jan 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    TLC does that mean The Lobotomy Cauterisation ?

    Lets be honest Ireland had one good season for Citeh in 08-09 and has failed to live up to that level of performance ever since.

    He has a massive chip on his shoulder partly due to Citeh bringing in other players to replace him after he’d given them his “award winning” season and partly because he genuinely believes he is a better player than he is.

    Unless his attitude changes and he begins the rehabilitation process by knuckling down and assuming the role of squad player then it’s more than likely he’ll end up treading water at some Championship club or worse but certainly not on the money he allegedly”earns” now

  • 273 ASTORIA // Jan 30, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    TLC = Toon Loose Class (under Ashley)!!!

  • 274 Brutooon // Jan 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    A worst ireland is better than routledge and akan smith combine!

    Smith and routledge cant pass the balll!

  • 275 Bentley // Jan 30, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Barton – Nolan – Ireland – Spiderman

    We’re good!

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