Tuesday 21 November 2017

Stoke's record signing Giannelli Imbula is a Roma target and Mark Hughes will stomach £8m loss

Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula has been critical of his own form
Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula has been critical of his own form

John Percy

Roma are ready to offer Stoke City’s £18.3 million misfit Giannelli Imbula the chance to revive his career.

Imbula, Stoke’s record signing, is a target for the Serie A club this summer and is expected to leave the Potteries after less than 18 months.

The French midfielder has been frozen out by Mark Hughes this year and Roma have made preliminary contact over a potential deal.

It is understood Stoke will accept as little as £10m for Imbula, who was signed from Porto in a transfer which smashed the club’s previous record fee which was spent on Xherdan Shaqiri.

The 24-year-old has not started a Premier League game since the 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on December 27 and is now struggling to even make the 18-man matchday squad.

But Imbula’s reputation remains high in both Serie A and Ligue 1 and Stoke are hopeful of recouping as much money as possible.

Stoke are close to agreeing a new six-month deal with Stephen Ireland, who has not played for 12 months since suffering a double leg fracture.

Ireland, 30, will sign a short-term contract while Stoke remain optimistic of striking a deal with Porto for defender Bruno Martins Indi.

Porto are playing hardball over a permanent deal worth £8.5m for Martins Indi, who has impressed on loan, but Stoke are confident of pushing it through.

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