Everton and Stoke City are battling it out to rescue Stephen Ireland from his Aston Villa nightmare according to Talksport
The Irishman has had a torrid time since moving to Villa Park from Manchester City in 2010 and has been told he can find himself a new club.
The 26-year-old, who managed just nine Premier League starts last term, is still attracting interest from top flight clubs though, with Everton and Stoke, who are both under new managers, fighting it out to sign him.
New Stoke boss Mark Hughes presided over the most successful spell of Ireland’s career at Manchester City and is believed to be keen on a reunion at the Britannia Stadium.
Ambitious Championship side Brighton are also tracking the midfielder and could make a move of their own within the coming weeks.