There is news in the Daily Mirror today, that Stephen Ireland may be pricing himself out of a move to Newcastle United.
Stephen Ireland – £50K/week wage demands
The Mirror is reporting that Ireland is asking for £50K/week wages at Newcastle, but earlier news had him earning around £65K/week at Aston Villa, and that wouldn’t surprise us too much, since he’s already had plenty of success in the Premier League.
We don’t know if there is any truth to the story, so there’ s a caution right there, but the news is that Newcastle are not willing to pay big wages following Ireland’s injury problems while he was on loan at Newcastle.
It could be that Newcastle remember how big wage earners like Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Michael Owen had significant and recurring injuries at Newcastle, and didn’t really earn their wages on Tyneside, because of the reduced number of games they were able to play.
And the club may be unwilling to sign up for a player who made just two substitute appearances for Newcastle, in the almost three months he was on Tyneside, during which time he had three different injuries.
But, on the other hand, if Newcastle are not willing to pay the going rate for class players, not too many of them will be arriving on Tyneside in the summer.
We don’t know too much about what owner Mike Ashley thinks, but we do know he likes to get value for money, and you can hardly blame him for that.
And we always have to remember that Newcastle had the 6th highest wage bill in the Premier League in 2009, when the club ended up relegated – how’s that for value for money?
It will be interesting to see if Stephen Ireland gets other offers from Premier League clubs in the summer, but he’s hardly coming form position of strength, after having arguments with his two former managers, and then having an injury ravaged loan spell on Tyneside.
What do you think about this – assuming it may even be true?