Stoke City closing in on Aston Villa misfit

Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes wants to sign Stephen Ireland, according to the Daily Mail.

The Potters boss, who worked with Ireland during their time at Manchester City, is readying a move for the Aston Villa midfielder.

Ireland hasn’t played a league game for Villa since December, and reports suggest that Paul Lambert is prepared to let the Republic of Ireland midfielder leave Villa Park. Ireland is expected at Stoke’s training ground today.

Hughes was in charge of Ireland for just over a year, and guided them to a 10th place finish. But his time with Ireland was cut short after being sacked by City, and Hughes is keen to reignite his time with the midfielder, this time at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke have got off to a strong start under Hughes, winning 2 of their 3 Premier League matches, with the only loss against Liverpool on the opening day of the new season. But the former Manchester United player is keen to add to his new squad, and build a team capable of finishing in the top half, after their 13th place finish last year under Tony Pulis.

Ireland will be keen to secure a move to get back into the Premier League spotlight.

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