Making it very clear he wants to leave Stoke City, Giannelli Imbula put the word out and a few clubs have come knocking for his services.

Club Brugge in Belgium were one of them, and while there was hope something could get done there, he still hasn’t moved.

However, all hope is not lost, as journalist Sacha Tavolieri explains  Lecce, fresh off their 4-0 defeat to Inter, have made an offer of a loan with a view to buy at €4m to Stoke for the midfielder.

The two clubs are said to have reached an agreement, and, while a few final details still need to be sorted, the ball is now in Imbula’s court, who needs to give an answer soon.

Lecce, newly promoted to Serie A, are the latest of a long list of clubs to have taken an interest in the wantaway player, who has had a rather torrid time in England since moving to the bet365 Stadium from Porto back in 2016.

He spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, where he enjoyed himself a bit more than during his previous temporary spell at Toulouse, but it wasn’t enough to convince the Potters on giving him another go as he has been training with the U23s ever since his return.