Now that Jefferson Lerma appears to be on his way to Bournemouth after some seriously complicated negotiations, Levante need a replacement for the Colombian.

Set to receive around €30m for the defensive midfielder, the La Liga outfit will have some money to help them get their targets, and the man they have in mind is Giannelli Imbula.

The Stoke City midfielder, who arrived for around £20m two years ago, never convinced at bet365 Stadium, and was sent on loan to Toulouse last season, where he managed to regain some confidence and game time.

That being said, his wages and desire to play at a certain level have been a problem in the past, but the La Liga club’s new financial intake could help them convince him.

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Cadena SER claim the club have reached out to the Stoke midfielder’s entourage to find out whether or not he’d be interested in a move, hoping to then move onto negotiating with the Potters for the loan of the 25-year-old.

Levante are currently waiting for the player’s reply.

Getting Imbula’s salary off the wage bill for an extra year would certainly be a bonus for Stoke, who started their new Championship season with a 3-1 loss to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.

The midfielder was nowhere near Gary Rowett’s squad despite featuring in preseason.