Sunday 17 December 2017

Walters nearing move to join Irish cohort at Burnley

Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters is set to join Burnley. Photo: PA
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters is set to join Burnley. Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Jonathan Walters is set to join the Irish legion at Burnley.

The Ireland striker is due to undergo a medical when he returns from holidays after Burnley finally agreed terms with Stoke.

Burnley will pay an initial fee of £2 million (€2.3 million) that could rise to £3 million for Walters, who will sign a two-year contract with the option of a third.

Four Burnley players - Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and Kevin Long - started Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Austria last month when Walters got the vital equalising goal.

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has admitted he wants to bring Robbie Keane to Birmingham but it's understood Ireland's record goalscorer also has options further afield.

"Robbie is a player you would love to have around your football club," said Redknapp. "He is just a fantastic professional footballer.

"We haven't spoken to Robbie but I wouldn't want to be a liar and say 'I'm not interested in him', then two weeks later bring him in."

Elsewhere, former Ireland U-21 captain Darragh Lenihan could retain Championship status with promoted Sheffield United.

Relegated Blackburn Rovers have rejected two bids for the versatile Lenihan, but the Blades have not been put off and are expected to make a third offer this week.

The 23-year-old has two years left to run on his contract at Ewood Park.

Irish Independent

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