Stephen Ireland's disappointing stay at Aston Villa is about to come to an end, according to Sky Sports.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is close to securing a loan deal for the central-midfielder that he worked with at Manchester City.
The 27-year-old has been fazed out of the first team picture at Villa Park, his last appearance was back in January and he has been forced to train with the youngsters while Paul Lambert has tried to offload the Irish international.
Ireland has scored just once from 34 league starts in three years at Villa having made a bright start to his career at Manchester City, whom he left amongst off-field problems and the new investment at the Etihad.
The loan deal that is being mooted goes to show just how little money Hughes has had to work with this summer.
Its been mainly loans and low key foreign arrivals that have made up The Potters' transfer activity therefore the opportunity to sign an experienced Premier League midfielder will be pleasing for Hughes.
Despite the slow summer, City have made an encouraging start to the season under Hughes following the sacking of long term manager Tony Pulis - a narrow defeat to Liverpool preceded wins against Crystal Palace and West Ham.
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