Tuesday, 1st February 2011 

Newcastle United have gone some way towards addressing their fans’ disappointment over the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool by bringing in Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa.

Ireland only moved to Aston Villa last summer in a deal which took James Milner to Manchester City but, under new boss Gerard Houllier, has failed to make an impact.

The 24-year-old has joined Newcastle on loan until the end of the season, much to the delight of boss Alan Pardew who believes his side can benefit from the player having a point to prove.

"Stephen has shown over the past few seasons that he’s a real top player so we’re really pleased to have got him until the end of the season", the Newcastle boss told his club’s official site.

"As a creative midfielder he can create chances for others and score goals himself, and we think he can be a big factor for us in the second part of this season. I think Stephen feels he can deliver more than he’s shown at Villa so far, so he’s got a point to prove and I believe we can reap the benefits of that."


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