Stephen Ireland joins Stoke City on loan

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland controls the ball in the League Cup semi-final against Bradford on January 22, 2013
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Stephen Ireland completes a loan move from Aston Villa to Stoke City.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Ireland has completed a loan move from Aston Villa to Stoke City.

The 27-year-old had been forced to train with the club's development squad in the early stages of the season after failing out of favour at Villa Park.

A number of clubs had been linked with his services, but Stoke have moved to secure the midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season.

It is not yet clear whether the deal involves a future purchase option.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on the touchline during the match against Crystal Palace on August 24, 2013
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