Middlesbrough battling Everton, Stoke for Villa's Ireland

Middlesbrough are competing with Premier League interest for Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland.

Stoke City and Everton are also chasing the Irishman.

The Sunday Sun says any move to the Riverside could only go ahead if Villa agree to foot the majority of his estimated £60,000-per-week wages, while both Stoke and Everton could afford to pay his salary in its entirety.

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