We were surprised that Stephen Ireland came out after the game against Manchester United, and seemed to wax lyrical about the Newcastle club and the Newcastle fans.
Stephen Ireland – seems really happy on Tyneside
We are absolutely certain that Stephen is desperate to become a permanent Newcastle player, and he is only too willing to sign a deal at Newcastle if the club offers him a contract in the summer.
The transfer fee will already have been set by Aston Villa and Newcastle in the loan agreement, and by all reports it is around £8M.
Ireland has talked today with the local Newcastle press corps:
“I am here on loan for the next six weeks and it is in my hands what happens.” “I cannot comment too much on my future or where I will be next year.”
“That part is out of my hands.”“What is in my hands is the fact I can work hard and play the best I can.” “The team is amazing here.” “When you are on the outside looking in you wonder ‘is he a good player?’”
“However, when you are on the inside you see some of the players here are world class.” “They are good players and genuinely gifted.” “The whole squad works really, really hard.”
“I am impressed by everybody at the club and hopefully I can just help continue that good work.”
We always said we always wanted players at Newcastle who want to play for the famous Tyneside club.
And while we don’t know if Newcastle will sign Stephen in the summer, he certainly meets the criteria of somebody who is just dying to come to Tyneside and play for the club.
That’s got to be good.