Ireland joins Newcastle on loan
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Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland has completed a loan move to Newcastle for the rest of the season.

Ireland's arrival at St James' Park came just hours after reports emerged that the deal had fallen through because he had failed a medical.

The 24-year-old former Republic of Ireland international had a disappointing start to his Villa career this season, but Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes the former Manchester City star can get back on track on Tyneside.

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 we can reap the benefits of that.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

"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," Pardew told Newcastle's website. "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 we can reap the benefits of that."

Ireland has said he believes he will never play for his country ever again despite several overtures to restore him to the national side after he was left out in the cold when he lied on several occasions for the reason why he missed a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic.