Stephen Ireland signs new Stoke City deal - sources

Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland has agreed a new deal at the club, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Ireland's current short-term deal expires in January and the club have moved to offer him an extension until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old signed the short-term deal in July as he bid to prove his fitness following a lengthy lay-off through injury.

Ireland, who spent nine years at Manchester City between 2001 and 2010, has been out of action since suffering a serious broken leg in training in May 2016.

He missed all of last season as he recovered from the injury and his comeback has been held up after suffering a number of niggles.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is a big admirer of Ireland having worked with him while he was in charge of Manchester City and he is keen to give the former Republic of Ireland international the chance to prove he is fully recovered from his injury problems.