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Ireland joins Newcastle on loan

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland has joined Newcastle United on loan for the remainder of the season, the Magpies have confirmed.

• Carroll heads to Liverpool for £35m
• Aston Villa seal Bradley deal
• Live Transfer deadline day

As Andy Carroll departs Newcastle to join Liverpool in a £35 million deal, Newcastle have strengthened their squad with the capture of Ireland.

Villa have already compensated for his departure by signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley on loan and Ireland leaves after starting only six games this season.

He joined Villa as James Milner moved to Manchester City over the summer but has failed to impress Gerard Houllier, who criticised Ireland for a lack of application earlier in the season.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told the club's official website: "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.

"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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