Bardsley close to Stoke move

Phil Bardsley is heading to the Potteries. Credit: PA

Out-of-contract Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley is closing in on a move to Stoke.

Press Association Sport understands the 28-year-old Scotland international is undergoing a medical in the Potteries with a view to sealing a switch from the Stadium of Light after six and a half years.

The Black Cats had hopes to extend Bardsley's stay on Wearside after re-opening contract talks after initial discussions came to nothing, but appear to have had to admit defeat.

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