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.
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?