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Ireland move on hold over pay-off

STEPHEN Ireland's move away from Manchester City has been delayed by the player's demand for a £2million pay-off as a reward for walking away from his contract.

City have made it clear that Ireland, who has been with the club since he was 15, does not have a long-term future at Eastlands and the Cork native has accepted that and is willing to move to Aston Villa as part of the deal which sees James Milner moving in the other direction.

But Ireland wants to be paid off by City for quitting the club and has demanded a one-off payment, said to be £2million.

Ireland has played almost 180 games for City since making his debut in 2005 and as he watches City spend sums like £25milion on players this summer, he wants his loyalty to the club up until now to be rewarded, but City are unwilling to pay him off and the row could scupper the entire deal involving Milner.

In other transfer news, Premier League side West Brom have had a £2million bid for Ireland hopeful Marc Wilson rejected by Portsmouth.

Wilson missed out on a possible senior Ireland debut on Wednesday as he was needed by his club to play in a Carling Cup game.