Stoke City are preparing to show Glen Johnson and Charlie Adam the door during the January transfer window… and Stephen Ireland could be on his way out too.
The Telegraph claim Stoke are keen to trim their wage bill and report that Adam and Johnson are both thought to earn more than £40,000 a week.
Telegraph reporter John Percy adds: “Stephen Ireland could be another departure despite being offered a new six-month deal on drastically reduced terms.”
Johnson, the 33-year-old former England full-back, has struggled to make Stoke’s first-team squad this season, while 31-year-old Adam has himself admitted he may need to move on to find regular first-team football.
Ireland, who has not played since breaking a leg in May of last year, sees his current deal run out next month.
Percy adds: “Stoke have proposed a short-term deal until the end of the season but Ireland, 31, may opt to go.”
Adam’s only Premier League action this term was a two-minute cameo during Stoke’s win at Watford last month.
He said after that game: “I want to play. I don’t like sitting on the bench. There will be a time when something will have to change, but at the moment nothing can happen so you just have to keep going on and waiting for an opportunity and, hopefully, when that happens you can get in the team and stay in the team.
“It’s just trying to get ahead of the lads in that position in the team. We will see how it goes. We’ve got until Christmas to get in the team and see what happens, then we will go from there.”
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