Stoke City boss Mark Hughes confirms interest in talented French midfielder Giannelli Imbula

This would be a great signing, but could he get them into Europe?

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that Porto's French midfielder Giannelli Imbula is just one of the names he is looking to bring in during the January transfer window.

Hughes's Potters side have surprised many by pulling off some very impressive victories over the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United in recent months, leaving them currently 10th, seven points off the Champions League spots.

Though Stoke have got Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic finding some excellent form of late, it looks like Hughes is ready to bring even more quality into his side, with players like Gianelli Imbula linked.

Despite joining Porto last July for around £15 million from Marseille, Imbula has failed to make an impact at the Portuguese giants, playing just seven times in the league.

And when asked if he was interested, Hughes responded positively, telling the Sun: “Lots of names get banded around. That’s one of them. We are interested in good players.”

It was confirmed earlier this week by the Frenchman's agent that Porto are willing to sell him and he and his client are going to talk to teams next Monday about a movie, as reported by the Express.

Though Stoke may face competition from plenty of sides for Imbula's signature, as Hughes as shown in recent transfer windows, he is able to sign very talented players from under bigger teams noses.

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