Foot Mercato are reporting that Stoke City defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula is interesting Newcastle.
Stoke will need to offload some of their players to be able to manage financially this season down in the Championship.
The 25-year-old former French U21 midfielder joined Stoke two years ago last January from Porto and has played only 25 times for the Potters.
Imbula was signed for a massive €24M (£21M) on a five-and-a-half-year deal that just didn’t work out.
And it’s unlikely Newcastle would be willing to pay half that fee in a permanent deal.
Mark Hughes fell out with the player last summer and sent Imbula on a season-long loan to Toulouse last season where he played 31 times with a goal and two assists.
25-year-old holding midfielder Giannelli Imbula
Crystal Palace and Galatasaray are also said to be interested in the player.
Stoke want to reduce their wage bill as one of the measures they must take to reduce their overall running costs and selling Imbula will be a priority this summer.
So it’s possible we could get the player at a knockdown price, which is what Newcastle are looking for this summer with little transfer money to spend.
Well, those are the reports anyway.
What do you think?