Stephen Ireland is set to complete a permanent move to Stoke City this month. Ireland’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season but Aston Villa will not get a fee for the Irish man. Instead Villa are set to save more £200,000 on Irelands wages. Hughes wanted to make Ireland’s move permanent so Stoke could be able to sign another player on loan. Ireland has enjoyed first team football under Hughes and hasn’t done all that poorly.
Ireland has definitely struggled at Aston Villa and never really made an impact. I will admit I was pretty excited to have Ireland at Aston Villa and I truly believed he would make a real impact at the club. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Ireland joined Aston Villa as part of a £26 million deal that saw James Milner move to Man. City
“I’ve got no issue with Stephen at all, I never have done,” said Lambert.
“I don’t want to stop anyone from playing football.
“I think they’re trying to do something at the minute, so I’ll just wait and see. It’s up to the clubs really between them how they’re going to do it.” – Paul Lambert