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Sunday 11 December 2016

Good news for Ireland as Jon Walters back in Stoke frame

Stoke City's Jonathan Walters
Stoke City's Jonathan Walters

Ireland striker Jon Walters returned to Stoke City's matchday 18 for the first time since the end of the transfer window, in the 2-2 draw with Leicester on Saturday.

Walters had two bids for him from Norwich - and a transfer request he reportedly handed in - rejected by Stoke amid troubled talks over extending his Potters contract, which runs out next summer.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes praised Walters for his effort against the Foxes. "I thought Jon was excellent, and he is a great professional. There was a situation that developed in the window, but it has closed now, that opportunity has gone for Jon and he just needed to get his head down and concentrate on the football.

"I had a conversation with him to that end and that is exactly what he has done.

"Jon wants an extra year and it is well documented at the moment that that is not on the table."

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