Report: Stoke City still hopeful of agreeing new deal with Jonathan Walters

Walters reportedly handed in a transfer request before the summer deadline after a dispute over his contract.

Stoke City are still hopeful that they can agree a new contract with striker Jonathan Walters despite the forward submitting a transfer request during the closing stages of the transfer window, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

Walters was a target of Norwich City after he failed to agree a new deal with the Potters - having only been offered a further year extension to his current deal.

The forward is out of contract next summer and could move on a free transfer if he were to turn down any fresh terms tabled by the Potters.

The report carries quotes from chairman Peter Coates, who says: "Jon knows what we think of him, as I've said before and we will see how things lie when he comes back.

"No doubt he and Mark will have a chat about things and take it from there."

Having made over 200 appearances for the club, Walters has been an excellent servant for Stoke - and having played in three of the club's opening five games in all competitions so far this season, Mark Hughes clearly feels there is a role he can play for the side this season and in the medium term. 

The 31-year-old appears to be unhappy with the length of the contract that has offered by the Potters, as he probably expected something a bit more long-term to be put to him.

At his age he is by no means over the hill and still has something to offer the side. He tends to find the net in the big games and can trouble defences physically. A slightly longer deal may yet see him commit the club.

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