Ipswich Town have agreed a deal to sign former Ireland defender Stephen Ward following his exit from Stoke City, Football Insider can reveal.
The 34-year-old left-back has been a free agent since he was let go by Stoke at the end of the Championship season three weeks ago.
Ward has made it clear to prospective clubs he wants to extend his playing career and joined Ipswich for pre-season training.
A source at the League One club has told Football Insider that talks over a potential deal have now resulted in a breakthrough and the 50-times international is now set to sign on a free transfer.
The terms of the deal have been agreed and he is in line to put pen to paper imminently.
Ward started 15 games for Stoke last season and played a role in their successful fight against relegation.