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Agent: Stephen Ireland no longer an option for New York Red Bulls

Agent: Stephen Ireland no longer an option for New York Red Bulls


According to the player's stateside representative has told that his client wants to stay at in England after having a good run of form to end the season

By Alex Labidou

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland's North American agent, Dejan Drobnjak, has informed that talks between his client and the Red Bulls have fallen apart, with both parties having a change of heart.

The 25-year-old has recently been linked with a move to the MLS after struggling originally in spells at Manchester City, Newcastle United and Villa.

However, Ireland has improved of late, after overcoming niggling injuries, as was named as by Villa fans as the player of the year.

"Unfortunately that deal is not active any longer," Drobnjak told "Situation at the Red Bull got changed and at the same time with Aston Villa so at this time that opportunity is not active any longer."

Drobnjak and the Red Bulls were previously in discussions over a deal that would send Ireland on loan to the club with a transfer clause attached. The loan move would have allowed Aston Villa to lower payroll as it pursued transfer targets for next season, but Ireland's late-season form changed everything.

 With a new manager expected to be hired at Villa Park, following the sacking of Alex McLeish, Ireland is motivated to keep the momentum going as he has had his best form since leaving Manchester City.

Signing Ireland would have been a breakthrough move for both MLS and New York as it has never been able to attract a proven European player while still in his prime.