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Report: Glenn Whelan Set To Leave Stoke City

Report: Glenn Whelan Set To Leave Stoke City

After more than nine years at Stoke, Glenn Whelan is set to leave the club.

The Irish Sun's Neil O'Riordan reports that both Aston Villa and Burnley are interested in the 33-year-old.

Whelan joined Stoke in 2008 from Sheffield Wednesday. He has gone on to make 291 league appearances for the club.

This past season, Whelan made 30 appearances for Stoke in the Premier League. 26 of those were starts. However, the acquisition of Darren Fletcher from West Brom during the week may have pushed Whelan down the pecking order at the club.

At the moment Aston Villa looks the more likely destination with it being said that Steve Bruce's side have already entered negotiations with Stoke for Whelan's signature.

A move to Burnley would allow Whelan to remain in the Premier League but they are yet to make contact with Stoke regarding their interest.

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Just last summer, Whelan signed a two-year extension with Stoke to keep him at the club until 2018.

Both moves would have benefits from an Irish perspective. At Aston Villa, Whelan would link up with fellow Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane. At Burnley, he would join a strong Irish contingent featuring Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and Kevin Long.

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