Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O`Neil has revealed that he has given Stoke forward, Jon Walters permission to delay joining up with the ROI squad as he may be on the verge of a transfer.
Walters has been the subject of two bids from Norwich City last week, with the last bid of £2m being rejected by the Potters. As recently as yesterday, Mark Hughes told his local press that he still wants Walters to stay but Stoke seem unwilling to give Walters the three year contract extension he wants.
O’Neill confirmed that Walters has been given permission to stay in England in case he needs to undergo a medical while his team-mates get ready for the must-win Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.
O’Neill told Sky Sports: ‘Jonny is [not here] only because there may be something happening to him. He wasn’t completely sure, but there was little point in coming here for this morning and then maybe having to travel back.
‘There may be something happening, although he’s not terribly sure at this minute. But while there is the possibility of something happening to him, then I think it’s best that he sees it until the transfer deadline is finished.
‘I said to the players beforehand that I will be prepared if somebody has to go at the last minute, either on loan somewhere, that’s fine, or if it’s a proper transfer.
‘The loan system is one that I think that if people are happy enough with medicals being done elsewhere, then it’s a matter of a fax machine.’