Ireland signs six month contract

Stephen Ireland has signed a six month contract until January 2018 with Stoke City as he recovers from his broken leg which saw him out of action for the majority of last season.

The squad (bar those who have been on international duty in May and June) will be back to start pre-season training on Wednesday ahead of the first pre-season friendlies which start on July 10.

Hull City’s Josh Tymon is expected to join the club this week with a fee being decided at a tribunal.

Jon Walters is now on the radar of Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, who have just signed John Terry. Villa have also been linked with Glen Whelan having had one bid turned down by Stoke.

Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has joined Watford after being released by Stoke and George Waring has joined Tranmere Rovers. He never played for Stoke’s first team although he has been on loan at Oxford Utd and Carlisle Utd among others.

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