Stoke still hoping to complete £14m deal for FC Porto midfielder

Stoke City are hoping to secure a deal for FC Porto ace Giannelli Imbula before the end of the winter transfer window, according to reports from the Telegraph.

Imbula only joined FC Porto from Marseille back in the summer, but the France U-21 ace has struggled for regular first team football at the Estadio do Dragao since his switch.

This has seen the Potters interested in signing Imbula this month, with manager Mark Hughes reportedly launching a bid last week but pulled out due to high costs.

However, after the Portuguese club revealed they are willing to lower their asking price, Stoke are set to make one more attempt to secure a £14million deal for the midfielder.

Imbula is seen as the perfect player to finally replace Steven Nzonzi, who left the Britannia Stadium in a £7million deal to Sevilla the previous summer.

The Potters are also keen on West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, but Baggies owner Jeremy Peace has insisted that he will not allow the Englishman to leave until the end of the campaign.

Imbula has featured 21 times in all competitions this season, scoring no goals.