Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is keen for midfielder Stephen Ireland to sign a new contract with the club, according to Sky Sports.
The 27 year-old has seen his career somewhat transform since moving to the Britannia Stadium, initially on loan from Aston Villa last summer.
Having been frozen out of the Villa picture by manager Paul Lambert, the Republic of Ireland international has gone on to make twenty-three appearances in all competitions for the Potters, scoring three goals.
He was unable to take part in Stoke’s 4-1 victory at Aston Villa, a result which saw Hughes’ side move three points ahead of the West Midlands club in the race to secure a top-ten finish, something which they are yet to manage in the Premier League, despite coming close over the past few seasons.
Stoke host Hull City next Saturday, and can be backed at 1/1 to take all three points.
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