Glen Johnson will leave Stoke City as free agent this summer after failing to secure new contract

John Percy
The Telegraph
Glen Johnson will not be offered a new contract - Rex Features
Glen Johnson will not be offered a new contract - Rex Features

Glen Johnson is heading for the Stoke exit but Phil Bardsley will be offered a new contract.

Johnson, the England international defender, will leave at the end of the season as a free agent after failing to trigger a clause in his contract.

It can be revealed that the former Liverpool right-back needed to play 25 Premier League games this season in order to be given a new deal but he will fall short of the required amount.

Johnson, 32, has interest from former club West Ham while Crystal Palace are also considering a move this summer. Signed from Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015, Johnson's wages are understood to be around the £60,000-a-week mark.

<span>Phil Bardsley will be kept on by Stoke</span> <span>Credit: GETTY IMAGES </span>
Phil Bardsley will be kept on by Stoke Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Bardsley has battled with Johnson for the right-back spot this season and is also out of contract in June, but Stoke are poised to offer him a new deal.

Stoke see Bardsley as a dependable No 2 for next season and will move to extend his three-year stay at the bet365 Stadium.

Mark Hughes, the manager, is drawing up a shortlist of targets for next season as he prepares to make a number of changes.

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Johnson will not be the only player to leave, with the likes of record £18.3 million signing Giannelli Imbula, Bojan, Joselu, Philipp Wollscheid and Marc Muniesa all facing uncertain futures.

Wilfried Bony, the Manchester City striker, will return to his parent club after a disappointing spell at Stoke on loan.

Stoke have lost four games in a row and face Hull City at home this weekend.

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