Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that Stoke are in talks with Porto to sign highly-rated French international midfielder Gianelli Imbula in a deal worth £18million.
The mooted transfer fee would be a club-record one for the Potters, whose previous transfer record fee was the £12million they paid for Swiss international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri from Italian giants Inter in the summer.
Imbula is highly-regarded as a powerhouse defensive midfielder and as one of the best up-and-coming players in his position in European football.
Potters boss Mark Hughes is confident of getting the deal done and told Sky Sports: “Talks have been progressing. Hopefully by the end of the day we’ll be able to announce something.”
Imbula only arrived at Porto in the summer for a fee of around £15million from Marseille, but he has been impressive for the Portuguese side.
One player who does not look set to leave the Potters is Peter Odemwingie, after the Potters rejected a loan offer from Marseille for the 34-year-old, who has struggled for first team football this season. The Nigerian international looks set to stay with the Potters, unless there is a late bid from elsewhere.