Italian side Torino are persistently chasing wantaway midfielder Gianelli Imbula, who has failed to make a name for himself in the Stoke first-team after a record breaking £18m transfer last summer. The Turin based outfit are testing the waters with an initial loan bid, which could become permanent if he impresses.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio on Twitter, the French record signing is seeking a move away from the club but Stoke will only consider a permanent transfer. That has not stopped the Granata from testing Stoke's resolve with an initial loan offer.
They are awaiting a response from the Premier League side, with a £15m fee expected once the 24-year-old has proven himself in Serie A. The Potters are also close to selling creative winger Marko Arnautović to West Ham.
After finishing in 13th place last season, the perennial mid-table outfit are looking to progress into a team that can challenge for a Europa League spot. However, manager Mark Hughes has struggled to build a side that can contend with the elite sides in the English top division and the departure of Austrian international Arnautović for £24m will at least create funds for further signings.
Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (2L) takes on Stoke City's French midfielder Gianelli Imbula (2R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 27, 2016. / AFP / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
In this instance, Hughes is looking for at least a permanent deal to ensure they can reinvest the £18m spent on Imbula last season. With only 15 appearances in total last season, as the left-footed box-to-box midfielder was only selected to start nine times in the Premier League, Stoke are willing to cut their losses and replace him with Manchester City forgotten man Fabian Delph.
A rumoured bid of £10m could be enough to bring in the former Leeds and Aston Villa star, who would welcome first team football and a partnership with Joe Allen in the centre of midfield.
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