Villa aiming to get Ireland out and Adam in
Published 23:00 19/01/11 By Alan Nixon - EXCLUSIVE
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is making a shock move to sign Stephen Ireland on loan from Aston Villa.
Pardew wants to take on the Irish midfielder and the club are willing to pay a chunk of his massive salary to bring him to the north-east.
Ireland has fallen out of favour with Gerard Houllier, having signed for Villa while the club was managerless. He is unlikely to play again for the Frenchman and will be allowed to go.
Newcastle do not want to buy Ireland immediately but are keen to bring him into their dressing room - where he'll be reunited with his old Manchester City team-mate Joey Barton - to see if he can rediscover his City magic on the Tyne.
Ireland was one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the Premier League in his pomp at City but his career dipped and the Villa move has been a disaster.
Pardew thinks Ireland could be an exciting addition to his side, which has been strong in midfield but lacks some craft in that department - and the player is also open to the idea.
Villa would ideally like Newcastle to pay all of Ireland’s wages - a factor that has previously put off Celtic - and if they can strike a compromise he could move in the next few days.
Houllier, meanwhile, is lining up an improved £4million offer for Blackpool star Charlie Adam.
The Villa boss will table a third bid for Scotland midfielder Adam as he prepares to splash more of Randy Lerner’s cash.
Houllier has failed with bids of £2.5m and £3.5m in the last fortnight, with Blackpool seeming determined to keep hold of their inspirational captain.
But Houllier has been given the green light to make another attempt to sign the 25-year-old and an offer is expected on Thursday morning.
Villa have already smashed their transfer record with a stunning £24m swoop for Sunderland striker Darren Bent, while a fee of £6m was enough to recruit Jean Makoun from Lyon.
Their latest offer for Adam is another clear sign that owner Lerner is determined to spend big to help remove the miserable prospect of relegation.
Villa want to act swiftly as a string of Premier League rivals, including Sunderland, Birmingham and Blackburn, are also waiting to pounce on Adam.