Pardew Interested In Signing Ireland Permanently This Summer

Stephen Ireland is finally fit again and is training with the first team this week, and will no doubt be on the bench for the game against Everton on Saturday.

Stephen Ireland – on bench on Saturday?

Stephen is on loan until the end of the season from Aston Villa, and if he can produce his best form on Tyneside, the move will probably be made permanent in the summer for around £8M, and that would be a good deal for Newcastle, as Stephen can play in many different positions, and he’s a good footballer.

Indeed,  Aston Villa announced yesterday that they made a loss over the last financial year of £37.6M, with their revenues up by a decent £6M to £90M, but wage costs also increased by £9M to £80M, which is far too high and unsustainable, and therefore Villa will need to unload a number of their players this summer.

Push will come to shove with lots of Premier League clubs this summer, as they prepare themselves for the introduction of UEFA’s Fair Play Rules, which start to come into effect next season and essentially require clubs to balance their books over a three year period.

Stephen Ireland had had a troublesome knee injury,  so it’s going to be interesting to see how he does through the end of the season, and from yesterday’s comments he seems to like the life on Tyneside, and is looking forward to playing in front of 50,000 crowds at St. James’ Park.

And it seems that Alan also is interested in signing the player permanently in the summer, if the Irishman can show some good form before then.

Pardew talked about Ireland  today:

“It’s a big opportunity for Stephen here. He has enjoyed himself so far, has settled in well and this is a chance for him to show what he can do.”

“Stephen didn’t get much of a chance at Aston Villa for one reason or another, but he is a quality player.” “He will give us an extra goal threat from midfield and he can play in several different positions.”

“We are interested in doing something in the summer which would make the move permanent, but a lot of water has to go under the bridge first.” “We have to see what Stephen does and we would have to talk to Villa about what they want to do.”

“Let’s just see how he does first.”

If Joey Barton is not recovered in time to play on Saturday, and with Ryan Taylor now suspended, Alan may give Ireland his debut out on the right wing.

Stephen may be given the job of taking the free kicks and corners which Joey usually takes, and Ryan Taylor did such an excellent job with last Saturday.

But whether Stephen starts on Saturday will depend a lot on how he does in training this week at Benton.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Banbridge Mags

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1


  • alex84

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    if he plays like he did at man city then that be a great signing!

  • pearceet

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Is there something in his loan contract that says if we want to sign him for £8m in the summer we can no matter what? Like HBA had??

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    sshhh..don’t say it to ludly….do we quite like Pardew?

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like AC is gonna be back for the Man U – Liverpool game.

    Is it wrong that I want Man Utd to win?? It feels wrong.

  • Davies

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    I feel the same JohnnyB. I feel dirty for it.

  • Carl92

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7


  • geoff777

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Nothing in Ireland’s contract about signing him permanently … I think Ed uses 8million because that’s what Villa paid for him and they won’t want to make a loss.

    I think the chances of signing him early in the window are slim as all clubs will inflate their prices after the AC sale.

    We may have to wait until the last day of the window when clubs need to get players off their books to get a fair price?

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    If Stephen not fit enough to play then whos gonna play on the right wing? With Gosling, Ben Arfa, Barton, Guthrie, Taylor all out.

    Ranger? Jonas on the right and Ferguson on the left?

  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    i would want man u to win even if ac wasnt there johnny and davies as we are in direct competition with liverpool, in fact i would be happy if man u win every game apart from when they play us, the same goes with arsenal,chelsea and man city and i will continue to feel like this until we start challenging for 4th spot as its points taken from all the teams that we realistically want to finish above.

  • lewman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    hopefully ireland can learn how to push a move through from benny, you never know we could end up with him for 5 million.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    If Ireland hits anything like his old form with us, Villa probably won’t let him go, will they?

  • carrollsinger

    Mar 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    To right we want man u to win if we win and Bolton scum and pool all lose we will be 6th pools goal diff is 1 ours is 4

  • dublin mag steve

    Mar 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    toon swedan77 i think bartons ok for this saturday. hopefully.

  • max

    Mar 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #15

    why pardew don’t want to try rangers as a right wing????

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #16

    lewman – Spot on with your posts m8! I agree


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