Newcastle Reported In Shock Move For Creative Midfielder


Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland was on loan at Newcastle back in January of 2011 when he was at Aston Villa and he was injured so much he played only two games for us before he was sent back to Villa with another injury.

There is a report today in talkSPORT that Newcastle are interested in signing Stephen in the January transfer window along with his former club Aston Villa.

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Stephen Ireland while on loan at Newcastle in 2011

It’s always worrying when we are linked with players other relegation clubs are also said to be after – because that basically means they are not top players.

But that seems to be the club Newcastle have become over the last few years,  because of a lack of ambition and a lack of investment.

A mediocre side struggling to stay in the Premier League – we can only hope things will improve (big time) next year.

Stephen has had a lot of injury problems in his career and he is currently out with a hamstring problem, but he is a very good technical player with good creativity.

His career looked very promising when he was at Manchester City until 2010, but it’s been unsuccessful these last few years and he has played for Stoke since 2013.

His former boss at Manchester City – Mark Hughes – brought him to Stoke initially one  a loan move in the summer of 2013 before making  the move permanent in January of 2014.

The 29-year-old has not started a Premier League game all season and the reports are that he could be a loan target for Newcastle.

We’d be very surprised if we have any interest in bringing Ireland to Newcastle next month.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


78 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear….

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    flack me it gets worse

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  • Belfast

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    When you say report do you mean somebody made it up ?

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #4

    ian toon / hail wor ashley the very same i do believe………….ian is his dad a geordie too WUM

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  • Belfast

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    There will be no eggnog for you Hibbitt

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  • Belfast

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    maybe some eggnog with sausage roll crumbs in it

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #7

    god forbid this is true….. one of the worst players ever to pull on a black and white shirt

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Id keep De jong in, his starting has resulted in 7 points from 9 and even though he hasn’t set the world alight he has experience and leadership but it must be tempting to play gini #10 and thauvin wide!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Hibbit

    Take a step away from the plonk, it’s for the best. There’s plenty time yet and I’m sure IanToon needs you to preserve that braincell so he can follow your lead on how to do a more gritty, thick Geordie, should he so be inclined after your great, persuasive input.

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    hail……..and you think your some kind of cleaver shit do you….. maybe you should practice what you preach fun how you took over the debate and who are you to criticise geordies in that manner scum bag

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  • nut meg

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #11

    If we did the unthinkable & signed this man, then curley,larry & mo should all be stood against the wall and shot with sh*t! I don’t believe even this lot is that stupid….or are they.

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Ish Hibbitt pished ?
    Hic
    :/

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #13

    jib have you found cris morts seat yet WUM

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    the blog nobs win

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Not criticising Geordies, but obviously it takes a level of comprehension and/or honesty beyond your capabilities to see that. Suppose you share Pardew’s view that Geordies are on the whole uneducated, and you must like it that way, because you’re right there to try and boink on the head anybody that is seemingly contrary to that description. Make you feel inferior does it? Must do to give rise to such unprovoked anger. You’re the one being insulting to Geordies, saying a father of another poster would be embarrassed because his son isn’t fitting in to your narrow Geordie stereotype. Think about it, actually don’t, might hurt yourself.

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  • banjax

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Another far fetched tale and one that should be treated accordingly

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    IAN / HAIL one and the same trying to be smart arsed we all know your one and the same was your alter ego lost for word so you had to come out of the wardrobe the pair of you are a waste of space WUM

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    hibbitt- Go and have a lay down in a dark room. It’s all been a bad dream. You will go to the ball.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

    At least Ireland would keep us top of the League – for injuries

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    you dont even have to try do you ian being a prat just comes natural to you have you put hail back in the wardrobe WUM

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    hibbitt – god forbid this is true….. one of the worst players ever to pull on a black and white shirt

    What do you base that on ?

    He played less than an hour for us in total !

    He’s a bit of a tool , but as a footy player he always seemed OK to me , esp when he was with city.

    He’s been out since Feb 2015 since Maynor Figueroa did this to him

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  • sparky55

    Dec 24, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    WTF…I know I’ve had a bit to drink today but I had to do a double take and check what date it was there….this headline has to be a surreal April fool surely????

    Short seasonal message to those at the helm…

    DONT EVEN TALK ABOUT STUFF LIKE THIS…NOT EVEN IN IN JEST…IT’S NOT FUNNY AT ANY LEVEL!!!

    Merry xmas

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  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #23

    The awkward moment you read ‘Newcastle Reported In Shock Move For Creative Midfielder’ and are presented with a smirking picture of Stephen Ireland…

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Ian Toon (aka Norman Bates) -I’ve read your initial post twice and still don’t know what the hell you are on about.
    More poncey gobbledygook.
    Have you been at the sherry decanter?

    A saving grace for this festive period is that you’ve stopped using that crap phrase you were constantly trying to coin on the blog :-
    “Maccas’ bwave new world”.

    Now be a bwave soldier and stop your blog mischief.

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Mister Tuff
    “More poncey gobbledygook.”

    That sounds very homophobic !!!

    Please air your vile prejudices elsewhere , this is a football blog and not for the likes of you !

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  • lesh

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Ireland wasn’t injured that badly, he just didn’t want to be at Newcastle United.

    He ranks among the growing number of Carr’s crap signings.

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  • lesh

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s only Ashley’s Newcastle United that could be in such a mess, lacking in depth of quality players yet still chase signings om the cheap.

    The sooner Ashley slings his hook the better.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t he play well in some matches and wasn’t he signed in January until the end of the season.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Oh yeah and be civil to each other, you wouldn’t want to be in Eds bad books.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Father Ted episode

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  • tomellifred360

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #31

    No chance!

    A merry Xmas to the Toon brotherhood.

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Welshy
    He came to us from Villa in Jan 2011 until the Spring , no fee , and Villa paid most of his wages.
    He arrived injured but he had a major falling out with Gerard Houllier so they sent him to us to keep out of the way, he really came to us to recuperate and get the odd last 10 minute cameo.
    It was a no brainer , he cost us sfa and he was a midfielder with PL experience.
    As I said before he was a bit of a tool and used to party hard with Leon Best but so what !

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib- I am sure you will know. Who are Father Ted and Norman Bates?
    Happy Christmas.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Merry Pre-Christmas my people!!! And no we don’t want Stepen Ireland!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Or Stephen Ireland for that matter!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Harrumph!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Here at Blog End we’re drinking a bit too much egg nog and smoking wor pipes with the Christmas blend….Beautiful….

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  • Belfast

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d heard on the grapevine that Skunki became an alcoholic after I sacked him Ian. Explains a lot.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #39

    No thanks. Shelvey please and ever banega.

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  • hibbitt

    Dec 24, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #40

    jib you found chris morts seat yet WUM

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