Friday 21 July 2017

Jon Walters close to Premier League switch as Burnley agree deal to sign Ireland striker

Jonathan Walters could be on his way to Burnley. Photo: REUTERS
Jonathan Walters could be on his way to Burnley. Photo: REUTERS
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Burnley have agreed a deal that could be worth up to £3m to sign Stoke and Ireland forward Jonathan Walters, Independent.ie understands.

An initial offer from Burnley for the 33-year-old forward was swiftly dismissed by Stoke last week, amid suggestions that the ‘six figure offer’ was an insult to the experienced forward.

Yet talks over a deal to bring Walters to Turf Moor resumed earlier this week and now the basis of an agreement is in place.

Walters is now expected to travel to Burnley to finalise terms over the move, which will see him link up with Ireland team-mates Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and Kevin Long.

The deal may also be viewed as a boost to Ireland’s hope of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup finals, with Walters likely to get plenty of regular Premier League football after this move.

Walters joined Stoke in the summer of 2010 for a fee of £2.75m and has played 271 games for the club, scoring 62 goals. Walters has scored more Premier League goals than any other Stoke player, netting 43 times in 226 appearances.

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