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Stoke City boss refuses to rule out move for combative midfielder

ImbulaStoke City supporters who are over at the bar discussing their impressive season so far will be getting rowdy after the Stoke Sentinel reported that manager Mark Hughes declined to rule out a January move for Gianelli Imbula.

Hughes was questioned about the FC Porto defensive midfielder during his press conference ahead of Saturday’s third-round FA Cup trip to Doncaster.

“Lots of names get banded around and that’s one of them. We are interested in good players.”

The 23-year-old joined Porto from Marseille last summer for €20 million, but since then he has only managed to make 5 appearances for the Portuguese side, all of which have come in the Champions League.

Now, Hughes’ recent comments have fuelled suggestions that a move to the Britannia Stadium could be a possibility.

Signing a defensive midfielder was one of Hughes’ main priorities last summer when he attempted to sign Crystal Palace’s Mile Jedinak just before the last transfer window closed, although ultimately the move failed.

Our landlord thinks that the Belgian, who has previously played for France under-21 side, would provide additional strength and power in the heart of Stoke’s midfield, with the midfielder measuring just over six feet tall.

Stoke City fans, would you like to see Imbula playing at the Britannia soon? Let us know in the comments below!

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