Jonathan Walters could quit Stoke City this summer

John Percy
The Telegraph
Jonathan Walters (R) is considering his future - Reuters 
Jonathan Walters (R) is considering his future - Reuters 

Stoke's Jonathan Walters is considering his future and could quit the club this summer.

Walters, the Republic of Ireland international, has grown frustrated over a lack of first-team opportunities and is set for talks with the Stoke hierarchy at the end of the season.

Stoke are preparing for a substantial shake-up of their squad, with a number of senior players including Walters, Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan facing uncertain futures.

Burnley and Newcastle are understood to have shown interest in Walters, 33, who has only started five Premier League games this year. A £2.75million signing from Ipswich in August 2010, Walters' current deal expires next summer and he will miss this weekend's visit of West Ham United with a knee injury.

Mark Hughes, the Stoke manager, is not under any threat of the sack despite a disappointing 2017 that is threatening the club's hopes of another top-ten finish.

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Hughes has been coming under scrutiny from some supporters but it is understood his position is safe, with the Stoke board determined to back him in the summer transfer window.

The Welshman will target a centre-half, a left-back and a centre midfielder as he bids to revamp his squad.

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