Newcastle Likely To Sign Stephen Ireland This Summer

Alan Pardew has today played down the word on Stephen Ireland – that he’s a very difficult player to handle.

Stephen Ireland – will he be smiling like this in the summer?

Stephen has had a tough time of things over the last 18 months in football, since he’s fallen out with both of his previous managers, Italian  Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and Frenchman Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa.

In fact the Newcastle manager still thinks Ireland has a  big future in the Premier League – and that may be a hint that Pardew will still push to sign the Irishman in the summer.

One problem with that is that Ireland was fit to play only in two games for Newcastle since he arrived on January 31st, and there has to be some concerns about his injury record.

As far as his personal behavior at the Newcastle club,  Alan Pardew saw no problems at all with the 24 year-old:

“I didn’t see that at all when he was here. I didn’t see it,” “If there was one thing about him here, he just had constant hits with injuries.”

“That’s going to take a toll on your character a little bit, and he was a little bit down when he left the other day,  and I can understand that.”

“The summer is important for him, it’s important he gets himself injury-free and has a good feeling about himself. But he’s a fantastic player and he’s still got a big future in the Premier League.”

We’ve always thought Stephen was an excellent player,  and good players don’t become ordinary overnight.

Ireland’s form at his two former clubs would not have been helped by him not getting along with the managers, and not being given much playing time either.

The news is that Ireland was outstanding in training on Tyneside, and was even showing some signs of  that form in his short two appearances for the club.

Alan was asked directly if he was going to sign the Cork County born player in the summer:

“If I’m honest I haven’t really given it any thought this week,”

“I’m obviously disappointed that I’ve lost him because I felt I had a good feeling with him and that he had a good feeling with me.”

“That’s very important with a player of his ability and character.” “But where we go from here I’ve got to be honest, I haven’t really thought about it.”

The news is that Aston Villa are desperate to unload Ireland in the summer, and may even take a fee as low as £4M from Newcastle.

To put that in context,  Newcastle lost Carroll but then get Stephen Ireland in,  and still have £31M left from the Carroll transfer fee to spend.

£4M for Ireland would seem a bargain, but he’s also on wages of £65K/week,  so that may present some difficulties, but Newcastle could probably get close that that for a player of Ireland’s capabilities.

With the comments on Ireland’s ability above from the Newcastle manager, you have to think that Pardew will push to sign him this summer, and at £4M he could turn out to be another bargain buy for the Magpies.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I dont mind signing him, consider he is on average wages


    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I would be happy with him signing up

  • fungus44

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    why not seem,s to want to be at the club,so only be a good thing if it happen,s

  • Phil K

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    WHAT ??????????????????????????????????
    He has been of NO USE WHATSOBLOODYEVER since he has been here.
    Money wasted, and Pardew thinks he’s worth spending our cash on ?
    Jesus bloody wept.

  • sweendog

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    he could be a good signing but it is a bit mad signing a player who can’t prove his fitness for half a season .. sensible approach is a loan for next year anything else is a big gamble.

  • sweendog

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Phil K .. agreed 100%


    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Phil K
    What money wasted? Its widely accepted he was on pay as he played. Barely any money spent on him.

    Agree it would be a gamble but its one I would be happy to take…call me a optomist 🙂

  • tom tomb

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Look, we have Gosling and HBA coming back from serious injuries. Why on earth would we want another player in midfield in that category? We don’t know if Dan and HBA, will even be the same players they once were.

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    If he can get himself fit and stay fit I think he would be a canny signing.

  • TimToon9

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Would be a great signing. I think it’s only bad luck with all this injuries, and he for 4 mill. Great buy!

  • Partizan

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    For 3 mill max and 40k pw why not?

  • Brutooon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    he play 2 times as a substitute and show he got quality than what Ameobi did in 2 seasons

  • Tonytoon73

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Brutooon do you not mean 10 seasons.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    i belive he is like barton cause when we bought from city he was getting lot of injuries bt look at him now he is rocking NUFC its the same thing with ireland infact better cause barTON was in jail for many days so it took a lot of time to prove his ability bt he proved it he has got lot of talent ireland is also the same case i think tat ireland is better than joey and can get back his old form by the help of our crowds cheering to him

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    dont sign ireland overpaid pre -madonna while at man city he was more interested in the money could.nt give a shit at villa he’s lazy not a nufc player end of

  • kakaobi

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    too many injuries he’ll only play about 10 to 15 games a season if were lucky, be a waste of money. we don’t have any money to gamble.

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    kakaodi ashley does in casino with llambiarse

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    News around that Pardew will get between £15 and £20 mil from the carroll money….

    That doesn’t seem enough to me, if we buy a “number 9” for about £12-14 mil then we don’t have much for the other 4 to 5 (6 if Jose goes) players that we desperately need.

    So no extra investment from the sky money etc?


    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    We are a club that has to gamble its money. Thats why Tiote is here. Ireland has quality and 4m price tag is a steal.

    News is also going around we bid 5mill for a lb, 8mill for Gamerio and 9mill for Sow, 21mill already. News reports just spread whatever will sell. I’d dont believe 90% of what ‘new’ is released about football

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #20

    I suppose if we get £15-20 mil from the Carroll money PLUS money invested from elsewhere then OK!

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21

    15-20 mil what a laugh so the full 35 mil to be invested into the club they said f####n joke i might go into the nearest sports direct drop my pants and do a big fat shit!

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #22

    WWJBD, suppose it’s a strange situation where as a club we don’t want to let others know what is available.

    My hope is that if the right player is available the funds will be available…….. even after all these years with Ashley I still remain hopeful 😉

  • milburn 77

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #23

    cant agree more, ireland is proven in the prem, thats got to be less of a gamble than bringing in someone from abroad for the same price?
    if he had just come off 2 good seasons he would cost upwards of 10 mil


    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #24

    MacToon thats the same way I look at it no budget pot but Pardew knowing if he can justify it then it will become avaliable.

    And your right saying we dont want other clubs knowing we have a huge pot of money that will drive prices up.

    Gotta keep hoping eh haha

  • MacToon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe if I look at it like the money from Carroll will go towards his replacement….. a number 9 and then money will be available if and when needed for the other 4,5 or 6 players we despearely need!

  • chris_g

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m getting seriously worried about Pardew. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and then he comes along and says a stupid thing like this:

    “If I’m honest I haven’t really given it any thought this week”

    Well, sorry Alan, but that isn’t good enough. You are employed as the manager of Newcastle United, and these are exactly the sort of things that you should be thinking about !

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I hope Ireland is nought but a memory.

    ST in:

    Sturridge – £10m
    Rodallega (if Wigan go down) – £5m
    Unknown (Denis Stracqualursi?) – £3m

    That would transform our attack!

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Ireland fits the Newcastle bill perfectly. Young, skilled and injured.

  • Sav

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #29

    These guys are athletes. Surely if they have a bad injury record that is a huge problem. We don’t want another Dyer/Owen/Luque/Ameobi. They are a complete waste of money.
    Its not the lad’s fault, its just if Stephen Ireland were a horse, he’d have probably been shot.

    Some muppet on here the other day wanted to sign Oba Martins and he’s just been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the leg that needs surgery….? err, no thanks. Sorry.

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    the likes of gamero ,sow and gervinho will not come to a club without euro football unless they are paid stupid wages 80,000 plus get that in ur heads x

  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Ireland is 24, young and talented. Am sure if we get him on a 6 year contract he will prove himself in the future, a thought he looked good against manure, just his wages if he is prepared to lower them :/ .


    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Sturridge- no chance
    Rodellaga- only if he specifically wanted to come to us and would cost a lot more than 5 mill, Wigan owner hates Ashley.
    Unknown- bingo 🙂

    How has Ireland got a bad injury record? Before his ankle injury at Villa he was fairly fit.

  • darryl burleigh

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33

    get him snapped up!! some people on here are clueless. we have no dept in the squad and we were very week in the previous weeks. yes he may have been injured, but when he came on against man utd, the first time half volley (which caught everybody off guard) shows that he still has the class that everyone was raving on about 3 years ago.

    we have a good 1st 11, but when when we have injuries and suspensions every single week, you need players like ireland.

    i dont understand why people have written him off, saying we have BEN ARFA and GOSLING coming back, all three are completly different players. GOSLING’s played less than IRELAND, not only for newcastle but in the premier league. On their day, IRELAND is the better player.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #34

    People keep saying: “Sturridge, no chance”. But if Ancelotti stays, he will move. Torres (obviously) and Drogba are definites to stay under him, he hasn’t spoke about Anelka yet, but I’m sure he’ll stay. After having a taste of playing at Bolton, I’m not sure Sturridge will be keen to warm the bench (at best) again.

    If Wigan go down, they’re in no position of power to reject offers based on being stubborn and having a dislike of us, you want to get those players off your wage bill swiftly, at a reasonable price.

    I’d be happy with 6 unknowns at £3m each, given our chief scouts record. 🙂 Then expand our scouting network further! The most valuable asset of a club, can be having a brilliant scouting team.

  • shearerno9

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Stephen ireland looked amazing at city a few years ago, id go as far as to say that he looked like a young gerreard/lampard in the making. Buying players on what they have done a few years ago is a bad idea but at 24 i dont think he has lost it, even if he has at that age he has a sell on value of maybe just over half whatever we pay for him.

    The one thing about this guy is that his attitude is awful, but then again so was barton’s and ben arfa’s – somebody has to take a risk on these players for the magic that they can produce to change a game though, if it happens to be us if the cost and wages are at a decent level for both the player and club why not?? If this guy is signed and only plays 15-20 games next season is no big deal, the amount of other players in the squad that CAN play in a similar role we wont have a problem

  • darryl burleigh

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #36

    @ shearerno9 well said


    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #37

    You really think Ancelotti will have a say in who stays and goes? Drogba (doesnt work with Torres) is a cert to leave as is Anelka (too old) no question in my mind. Malouda will probably be shown the door aswell.
    Sturridge has said he loves playing at Chelsea. He has also proven himself to be able to play at this level. Roman is the one with the power in that club not Anerlotti whose probably gone come summer aswell imo

    Fair point about Rodellega which is why he would have want to come to us. If Wigan put him up for sale we wont be the only ones after him and Wigan can pick who they sell to.

    I’d be happy with one good striker and then a load of unknowns

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #38

    I suppose as with all these debates, time will tell. Rodallega is allegedly a Toon fan, thanks to one ‘Tino’ 🙂 would bode well, if we were interested.

  • shearerno9

    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Shane long and Kevin doyle, sign the both of them up. Both burst a lung for the team in every game and with that work rate alone its going to get you assists.

    Granted neither are prolific in front of goal but unless we cough up a figure in or around the 10m mark were not going to get anybody who scores on a regular basis. If we spend that on a foreign import its a risk, but 6/7m on kevin doyle will be a great deal.

    Ricky van wolfswinkel or pavlyuchenko would be two more I would like at around the 8/9m mark. I dont think there is much point in gambling in the next window we have to build the squad add numbers and add numbers with quality astute signings, its all well and good buying 6 players at the 3m price tag but how many are really going to be like tiote??


    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah your right time will tell :). Rodellega may want to come here I truely dont know…I did hear he was a Toon fan but dont know if I believe it haha someone said Berbatov was a black and whiter before….cant see that myself.


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