Italian outfit Torino have renewed their interest in Stoke City’s Giannelli Imbula, according to a report in TuttoSport.

The Italian media outlet claim the Serie A side are believed to end the Frenchman’s nightmare at the Bet365 Stadium.

Imbula moved to the Potters in January 2016 on a five-year contract for a transfer fee worth a reported £18.3 million, which broke the club record in the process, although they will do well to recuperate any where near that amount back.

However, since arriving from Porto, the 24-year-old has struggled to have any real impact for Mark Hughes’ side.

He has only made 28 appearances for the club, scoring just two goals, and Stoke appear ready to cut their losses on him already.

There has been been no shortage of interest in the midfielder, with a number of clubs from across the continent linked with a possible move.

Marseille are another team to have been speculated to be monitoring the situation, as it is believed they could be tempted to bring back one of their ex-players.

There have, allegedly, been loan offers on the table, however Hughes would rather a permanent move is sorted out for the midfielder, as it does not seem he is any part of his long-term plans, despite Imbula committing his future to the Potters’ cause.

Stoke will have to battle to keep one of their stars at the Bet365 Stadium this summer however, with West Ham United reportedly interested in signing Marko Arnautovic and have already had two bids rejected.

Hughes is desperate to add to his squad, with the defence seemingly becoming one of his main priorities ahead of the Premier League campaign.

It is thought he wants to bring Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma on a loan deal, whilst also looking at the possibility of bringing Bruno Martins Indi back from Porto, after he had spent the last part of the season on loan with the club.


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