Stoke looking set for busy day of transfer activity

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 11:07

Giannelli Imbula: Porto midfielder could join Stoke City

Stoke City could be one of the busiest Premier League clubs on deadline day, with several reports of both incoming and outgoing transfers.

Stoke have been quiet in the window so far, loaning Steve Sidwell to Brighton but not yet making any additions to their squad.

That could change, however, with Mark Hughes apparently resurrecting a deal for Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula and also considering possible signings both in defence and attack.

It was reported over the weekend that Stoke had ended their interest in Imbula having become frustrated by the demands of both Porto and the player’s representatives, but the Potters have since received some encouragement from the Portuguese club and could now complete a club-record £14million deal before the deadline.

Suggestions that Stoke are interested in either Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi or Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko have been dismissed, but Hughes could sign a defender on loan following an injury to Marc Wilson, though the quicker-than-expected recovery of Ryan Shawcross lessens that need.

Up front, meanwhile, Stoke are among the clubs interested in signing Saido Berahino from West Brom for the right price, while the Potters are also said to be keen on Chelsea’s Loic Remy, though a move to Leicester City has been heavily mooted for the Frenchman.

In terms of outgoings, Peter Odemwingie appears set to join Marseille on loan after the French club had a £10million offer rejected for Mame Diouf, while there is speculation that Charlie Adam is among a group of players that Stoke would consider selling, with Hughes open to trimming his squad after defeats in both the Capital One Cup and FA Cup over the past week.

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