Ireland international Jonathan Walters is to join Burnley after a £3m deal was agreed between the Clarets and Stoke City.
The 33-year-old has been the subject of interest from Premier League and Championship clubs for some time, and now it seems that Burnley will finally get their man within the next 48 hours.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 5, 2017
Once he moves to Turf Moor, the forward will bring to an end seven largely successful years at Stoke. Having joined from Ipswich Town in a £2.75m deal in 2010, he went on to make 271 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 62 goals. However, he started just 13 Premier League games for the club last season, an indicator that his time on the Potteries was coming to an end.
Burnley made an attempt to sign the frontman last week only for their “derisory” six-figure offer to be rebuffed out of hand. Stoke demanded £3m, and in the end, they got it.
Walters now joins an ever-growing Irish contingent at Burnley. Fellow internationals Stephen Ward and Kevin Long were at the club prior to last season, while Sean Dyche’s side broke their transfer record first for Jeff Hendrick last summer and again for Robbie Brady in January.
All going well in the medical, Walters will be a Burnley player by the end of the week.
On this week’s edition of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast we dissected Bray Wanderers’ perilous financial situation with Cormac Byrne of the Irish Mirror, and caught up with Bohemians’ Keith Ward to discuss both his and his team’s fine league form.