Devastated Ireland Leaves Newcastle – Cut Price Deal Possible

Stephen Ireland has returned to Aston Villa, after hearing from the Newcastle medics his ankle injury will take more than 4 weeks to heal.

Stephen Ireland – has returned to Aston Villa

So the January transfer window for Newcastle has turned out to be a real disaster, where the squad was weakened in that we lost Andy Carroll, Wayne Routledge and Xisco, and brought in an injured Stephen Ireland, who managed only two short substitute appearances for the Magpies this season.

As we’ve said before,  most clubs strengthen their squads in the transfer window – that’s the general idea.

Stephen is said to be absolutely devastated to pick up yet another injury, and he arrived with a knee injury in late January, picked up a thigh injury in training just before he was to make his Newcastle  debut, and has now sustained an ankle injury.

But the Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Aston Villa desperately want to unload Ireland in the summer, and whereas the transfer fee during the loan spell was set at £8M, the Midlands  club would be willing to take about half of that,  to get the player off their books.

Aston Villa need to reduce their huge wage bill and the £60K/week Stephen is said to be picking up would be a good start, with other players likely to leave in the summer such as Stephen Warnock, and others who quickly  lost favor with new manager Gerard Houllier.

We thought a season-long loan deal could be the best deal in the summer, but news today that Newcastle have already dismissed that idea, so if Newcastle don’t go after Stephen, he may be left up in the air a bit with his career,  this summer.

However despite his history, Stephen has fitted in very nicely with the rest of the Newcastle squad in his few months stay on Tyneside, and has often waxed lyrical about the club and especially the supporters, and it seems he’s been very impressed with things at Newcastle.

It also seems he has formed a good relationship with manager Alan Pardew, who seems to have no doubts about his ability, but maybe he’s concerned with his fitness, after picking up three injuries this year already.

£4M for Stephen Ireland could be a good deal for Newcastle, but it’s up to Alan Pardew and the powers that be at the club to decide if he’s worth the gamble – but if the gamble has been reduced to £4M – it could be worth it.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • liam85

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Ohh, that’s a shame 🙁 – I thought he was good when he came on. hope we can get him real cheap to add to our squad

  • listie

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    If we can get him for 3-4 mill then i’d take a chance, but I feel his wages will be the problem

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    I think the lads just been really unlucky with his injuries while he was here like. If we sign him, give him a whole pre-season to get back up to fitness he could be a class buy. Especially for £4m.

  • damonmwade

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    I wouldnt sign him on a free no point paying someones wages if they cant play, maybe another half season loan deal and we only pay his wages when he makes an appearance for us and if he is still picking up injuries constantly thenwe should show him the door :),

    Has anyone heard anything about if ben arfa will be fit to make the bench on sunday or not?

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Good point listie. Do you reckon he’d be prepared to take a wage cut? Considering if he ends up back at Villa hes out on his arse again I reckon he would like.

  • ytz

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully this injury will cut down his value even more.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    I think I’d have a mixture of what you’re all suggesting here. Buy him for 4-5 million then put him on a pay as you play contract after half a season if he remains fit give him a wage.

  • Partizan

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    damonwade…I couldn’t agree more.
    Don’t we think we had enough of injured players week in week out.
    I understand if we have a normal sized squad,but having the second smallest squad in the EPL,we simply cannot afford that gamble.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah 4 mill to Aston Villa would be fair as we know he can be class. I’d offer him 30gs a week on a two year contract as he needs us more than we need him. If he is crock we’ve not lost too much. If he comes good we will want to tie him down to an improved contact after a season so he will get a pay rise and more security. At that point it is in his hands.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Hang on we got Tiote for 4 mill! Offer them 2.5 hehe

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle are chasing South Korea striker Ji Dong-won after being rebuffed in an £8million move for Lorient’s Kevin Gameiro. (Daily Mail)

    Newcastle are hoping to sign Leeds midfielder Robert Snodgrass. (The Sun)

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    All comes down to his wage demands at the end of the day really.

    Good Points:
    – Class Act,
    – £4m would be a good price,
    – He’s been here and knows what its like,
    – He has that vital EPL experience,
    – Has Gelled well with the squad,

    – Where will he fit into the first team?
    – Would he force us to play a 5 man midfield?
    – Would this mean that Joey is stuck on the wing?
    – Are these injury issues a serious problem going forward?
    – Would he come here to be a super-sub?
    – Would we pay enough for him to come here as a super-sub?
    – We also have Gosling (when fit) aiming for a similar role.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Looks like it all hangs on what Joey Barton does!

    If Barton leaves which now looks likely, £4m for Ireland would be a great signing.
    If we could get them fit and play 4 from Gosling, Ireland, Tiote, Nolan, Bennie and Jonas we would be in a good place.
    What we really need is a world class striker to compete next season!!!!!!

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Richy, im pretty sure we’re going to be playing a 5 man midfield anyway next season. Guti and Barton/Gervinho on the wings, tiote holding midfield, HBA withdrawn striker and Nolan/Ireland as playmakers.

    I’d love that midfield like, especially with Gameiro or Sow upfront.

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Benton, how does it look likely that Bartons off?

    Didnt he just come out and say the other day that he wants nothing more than to stay here?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree, Up front is our biggest priority in the close season.

    We need 2 strikers up there who almost guarantee goals. As we have seen, what we have is OK, but not to compete week in week out.

    Who them strikers would be is anyones guess.

  • Partizan

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18


    My guess is Marco Borriello and Sturridge

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    @ Partizan // Apr 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    – Dont Bolton have first dibs on Sturridge?
    + Only 21 so good prospect.
    – Chelsea will want top dollar for him.
    + Sturridge record (22 from 82)

    – Hes is 28 so I doubt it!
    – Can he cut it in EPL?
    – How long will the transition take?
    – His record is poor – 71 g/241 apps all comps.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Ji Dong-won sounds good, but has had trouble settling in everywhere he has gone.

    Also, he has only played in the K-League so I think it would be a big transition for him.

    Age: 19
    Height: 6′ 1″
    Apps/Goals: 32/13 – Club Level (0.41 goals/game)
    Apps/Goals: 24/13 – National Level (0.54 goals/game)

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    I dont think Bolton have first dibs on Sturridge like but they will obviously try to sign him in the summer.

    Surely Sturridge must be abit worried that he’ll never get a chance at Chelsea so I reckon he’ll be going somewhere in summer. I hope we’re at least in for him.

  • hainesy

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22

    I mentioned the south korean weeks ago!

  • Stuart

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Blue Peter badge is on the way hainesy!

  • Partizan

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    I was thinking more of a loan sort of thing for Borriello…my bad.Roma is rebuilding this Summer so i expect plenty players to be sold or loaned,,,he could be one of them to be loaned.

    Sturridge…Would choose us over Bolton any day,its all up to Mike if he’s willing to pay the real price for Sturridge which i believe it would be around 10 mill pounds.

    he should definetly break the bank for Erik Lamela instead of Sow….he offered 15 mill for Sow and for that money maybe 2 mill more you could get Lamela for sure….in 3-4 years Lamela will break CR7 transfer record,remember that.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Ireland = Marcelino ?

  • gorskino10

    Apr 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #26

    4 Million is WAYYY to much 8 Million is just bloody stupid. MAX he is worth considering no games in like 2 seasons and isnt that good anyway is around 1.5M/2M anything more that is too much.

  • MT

    Apr 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Ireland is over,even though the price is 4m,we have many choice in this post.

  • MadAboutToon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #28

    ireland is sh!t, he only got player of the year at city, and thats after they spend over 100 mil. i dont know whats wrong with some of yous, he’s well worth 4 mil, but i think 60k a week is a lot considering the way newcastle do business now. but i’d love him to join, he’s very creative, something newcastle hasn’t had since dyer. and don’t think he injury prone, just unlucky

  • Sav

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Except for the part about his being shit, you got it about right. But you’re right we cannot afford another Dyer. And as he’s still on 60k a week at Villa I can’t see Ireland taking much of a cut, even if he does ‘love the toon’ etc.

  • John Hoy

    Apr 29, 2011 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #30

    Waxed lyrical? I feel like pouring concrete into my ear canal.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 29, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #31

    I say offer Villa 4m & offer Ireland 45k/wk tops, take it or leave it offer… full stop.!!!

    As we’ve already daid, we have plenty of options for CM & it’s not a priority position which needs strengthen, we need wingers & strikers more than anything else…

  • bri_2k4

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    I do like ireland and at a first thought only after eading the headin of this page I was thinking 4 mill cut price deal sounds fair considering he’s prity versitile even tho he dosnt like to play it he has experiance on the wing and off the striker so would be a good signing,,,,,,,,,I would go to bring in 5 bit part players I.e. A left back centre half left wing right wing an average goalscorer and then 2 major signings an above average goal scorer and an up and comeing young striker get rid of the crock of shit we have up top even tho I have a soft spot for best dnt think hell cut it lovens an age mebys get him in the background teachin the youngin how to score donkys just that and rangers an arse !! ….


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