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Newcastle United Close to Signing £9m Rated Playmaker but Miss Out On £5m Youngster

Alan Pardew looks to bring in Villa Park misfit on loan as chances of securing Adel Taarabt are rebuffed by Loftus Road boss Neil Warnock.

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QPR boss Neil Warnock insists that Adel Taarabt is going nowhere in the January transfer window.

Newcastle are reported to be considering a £5million swoop for the mercurial Moroccan, who has wowed Hoops fans since his summer switch from Tottenham.

Warnock has built a team around Taarabt’s talents, allowing him to play in a free role, and the veteran boss claims that no other club would be able to accommodate Taarabt like Rangers have.

“You can forget a move for Tarbs – that’s stone dead certain,” Warnock told the Ealing Gazette.

Newcastle are however firm favourites to land the signature of Stephen Ireland, skysports.com understands.

A number of Premier League clubs are keen on the former Manchester City star, who only joined Aston Villa last summer.

Ireland is thought to be one of Villa’s top-earners and as such they will want a sizeable chunk of his wages met.

Newcastle are now negotiating the percentage of what they will pay, but are hopeful they can agree a deal this week.

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Alan Pardew continues to search for some added creativity and hopes to seal a deal to bring new additions before the transfer window slams shut. A move for Stephen Ireland appears to be on course as Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier seems very keen to get the Irish international off the wage bill. It has been speculated that any move to St James’ Park would initially be on a loan basis with the Newcastle United footing the lions share of his huge salary.

The Newcastle United boss is keen for his side to push onwards and upwards during the second half of the Premier League campaign and a run of four games without a defeat and perhaps more importantly without topscorer Andy Carroll has shown that the Toon Army can rightfully be aiming for a top six finish and in order to do so Pardew is looking at potential signings that will not break the bank and that will be accepted by owner Mike Ashley.

A move for QPR starlet Adel Taarabt seems out of the question and Joey Barton has stated his intention to stay at Newcastle for the rest of his career and things are looking up for a club that could’ve buckled after the seemingly needless sacking of Chris Hughton.

£9m rated Stephen Ireland is a talented player who needs direction and a move to Newcastle United may be just what he and the Magpies could do with. It would be a chance for the former Man City man to prove any doubter, including Mr. Houllier, wrong.

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