Report: Stoke's Giannelli Imbula set for move; this may be Spurs' chance to land Jean Seri

Nice midfielder Jean Seri in action

Nice are reportedly set to sign Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula.

Stoke's Gianelli Imbula in action with Manchester City's Fernando and Yaya ToureStoke's Gianelli Imbula in action with Manchester City's Fernando and Yaya Toure

According to The Mirror, Nice are set to sign Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula – and that should give Tottenham some hope of signing Nice star Jean Seri.

Imbula, 25, was a club-record signing for Stoke in February 2016 having failed to impress with Porto following a 2015 move from French side Marseille.

Stoke's Gianelli Imbula scores their first goalStoke's Gianelli Imbula scores

The French midfielder has also failed to live up to expectations with Stoke, and after just nine Premier League starts last season, he looks to be leaving for a return to France.

The Mirror claim that Imbula is set to join Nice ahead of their Champions League campaign, but the addition of another midfielder alongside the likes of Vincent Koziello, Remi Walter, Arnaud Lusamba, Valentin Eysseric and the injured Wylan Cyprien will raise question marks about Jean Seri's future.

Nice midfielder Jean Seri in actionNice midfielder Jean Seri in action

25-year-old midfielder Seri hit seven goals and nine assists for Nice last season in a superb season, and the Ivorian is now being linked with a move away from Nice this summer.

Last week, RMC Sport reported that Tottenham have been in discussions to land Seri, with manager Mauricio Pochettino believed to be a huge fan of the midfielder, though the Daily Mail note that Roma have made a £30million bid to sign him – just £5million shy of Nice's asking price.

Football Soccer - Nice v Saint Etienne - French Ligue 1 - Allianz Riviera StadiumNice midfielder Jean Seri in action

Imbula's imminent move to Nice may mean that the Ligue 1 side are preparing for Seri's exit, and with Roma making their move, this may be the perfect time for Spurs to make their move and enable Nice to fund their bid for Imbula.

At £35million, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would have to dig deep to land Seri, but he would provide real quality in the middle of the park and give Pochettino a player he allegedly admires, with Imbula's move potentially paving the way for Seri to move on – and Spurs can benefit from Stoke cutting ties with their expensive flop.

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