Bolton Wanderers are being linked with a move for Stephen Ireland, as per a report by the Irish Mirror.

The 31-year-old is a free agent and is in the hunt for a new club at the moment after being released by Stoke City at the end of last season.

Bolton are now showing an interest in bringing him to the Macron Stadium. Ireland could spend time training with the Trotters before they decide to sign him. He has been affected by injuries over the past few years.

Stephen Ireland started his career at Cobh Ramblers before he was snapped up by Manchester City in 2001. He went onto play 176 games for them but left them in 2010 to join Aston Villa.

Ireland was loaned out to Newcastle United for the latter part of his first season at Villa Park. He spent three seasons with Aston Villa and played 57 games for them. He moved to their Premier League rivals Stoke City in 2013.

However, his time at Stoke was affected by injury and he only played 5 games in the past two seasons. He could be a risky signing for Bolton due to fitness but he could get a chance to impress them in training.

Bolton, who have already signed midfielder Jason Lowe on a free transfer, could bag themselves a bargain if Ireland could find the form he had at Manchester City earlier in his career.

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