Stoke City target Stephen Ireland?

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on the touchline during the match against Crystal Palace on August 24, 2013
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A report suggests that Mark Hughes wants to add Stephen Ireland to his Stoke City squad.

Stoke City have reportedly made a bid to sign Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old has been told by boss Paul Lambert that he is not part of his plans at Villa Park and as a result has recently trained with the club's development side.

That has alerted Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who believes that he could pick up the midfielder in a cut-price deal, according to Daily Mail.

Ireland and Hughes worked together during the latter's stint at Manchester City.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert before his side's match against Fulham on April 13, 2013
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