According to The Telegraph, Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has told the Potters’ record signing Giannelli Imbula that he can leave the club before the end of the transfer window, and West Brom must make a bid to take the midfielder on loan.
The Telegraph reports that Imbula, Charlie Adam, Maxim Choupo-Moting and Geoff Cameron have all been told they are not in the manager’s plans and should find a new club before August 31, with Imbula and Choupo-Moting even training away from the first team squad at present.
Stoke were relegated from the Premier League after finishing 19th in the table last summer and appointed ex-Derby boss Rowett in May after Paul Lambert left the club.
Imbula arrived at the bet365 Stadium on deadline day in January 2016 for a club record £18.3m fee from Porto. The 25-year-old went on to play just 28 games for the club and spent last season on loan with Toulouse in Ligue 1.
West Brom boss Darren Moore should make a loan move for Imbula to provide a partner for Jake Livermore, replacing left-midfielder Chris Brunt, who has started all three of the Baggies Championship games so far in central-midfield.
Brunt has looked off the pace though and gave away a penalty against Norwich on the weekend so Imbula would add much needed legs in the middle of the park. At 6ft 1in tall, he also has the strength and power to be a huge success in the Championship.
On a personal note, he may want a move to a top division somewhere else in Europe, but a season with West Brom would put him in the shop window and is far better than rotting away in Stoke’s reserve side.