Alan Pardew keen on bringing unwanted Villa Park man to St James’ Park.
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Stephen Ireland eyed as cover for Alan Smith at Newcastle
Stephen Ireland’s fledgling career at Aston Villa looks set to be revived by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew after a string of injuries has lead to desperation at St. James’ Park.
Pardew has been dealt a massive blow after midfielder Alan Smith’s ankle injury sustained against Sunderland appears to have flared into a season-ending one.
The Magpies manager has just lost Wayne Routledge for the rest of the season as he heads to QPR on loan, and adding to his woes is the constant interest in star striker Andy Carroll, who is still battling to overcome a thigh injury.
‘It is important we try to bring somebody in and we’re really trying, but it’s got to be right.’ Pardew stressed.
‘This window is notoriously difficult for making bad deals, and I think there’s been a couple gone through already, which I won’t mention, that don’t look good value to me.’
Ireland has disappeared off the radar since making his move from Manchester City to Villa and the opportunity to acquire more game time could breathe life into his previously sparkling career.
The 26-year-old is valued at around £11m but he could depart for less as Villa try to recover money spent to secure Darren Bent’s £18m signature.
Regardless of what some may think about Stephen Ireland’s character and behaviour off the field of play there is no denying his ability he possesses but it appears that Gerard Houllier doesn’t see the former Manchester City man as part of his long term plans and seems very likely accept offers for the talented playmaker.
Alan Pardew is right to be interested in the player who only arrived at Villa Park five months ago as part of the deal that took James Milner in the other direction. Newcastle United appear to have some injury concerns and to add to the players listed by this source there is of course the long term absentee Hatem Ben Arfa to factor in so clearly a move to add more creativity would be a wise one.
Aston Villa will reportedly be ready to accept offers of around £9m for the 24 year old which given that a couple of years ago Ireland was considered one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League, would be a pretty decent price for a player with undoubted potential.
Pardew also strikes me as the type of manager who could handle characters likes Stephen Ireland and may be able to motivate him back into form.
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