TRANSFER DEADLINE: Newcastle boss hails Ireland loan deal

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ALAN PARDEW believes Stephen Ireland will be a better player at Newcastle than he was at Aston Villa after joining on loan for the rest of the season.

Ireland made his Villa debut at St. James’ Park in August, when he finished on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat.

He has not played in the league since the turn of the year, but that has not deterred the Magpies.

Boss Alan Pardew said: “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.

“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.”