TRANSFER DEADLINE: Ireland’s Newcastle deal is off

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STEPHEN Ireland’s proposed loan move to Newcastle from Aston Villa has fallen through after the midfielder failed a medical.

The Irishman joined Villa in the summer but fell out of favour with boss Gerard Houllier who was keen to loan the player out.

However, it has emerged that the ex-Manchester City man failed a medical at St James’ Park this afternoon and the deal seems to be dead in the water.