While the vast majority of transfer windows closed at the end of January, some are still open around Europe.
One of those is the Russian Football Premier League one, which is set to close on February 21st, meaning they are still on the hunt for players.
Of course, their pool is somewhat limited since most clubs won’t want to part ways with their players without being able to buy a replacement, but there are still a few outcasts out there who could get a move like Stoke City’s Giannelli Imbula.
The midfielder, who never managed to make a name for himself with the Potters after his very expensive transfer from Porto, is currently on loan at Lecce in Serie A, but things aren’t working out.
He has been left out of the registered squad for the second half of the campaign, and the Italian side’s director of football has openly admitted they are trying to get rid of the Stoke loanee.
Well, with three days left in the Russian transfer window, they might have got their wish granted.
According to Foot Mercato in France, the player is currently in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Lokomotiv Moscow, and Imbula has already travelled to Russia to visit the club’s infrastructures and meet with the board.
It’s reportedly hoped an outcome can be found ‘quickly’ between all parties.
There’s no mention of whether this will be another loan or a permanent transfer, but, at this stage, Stoke City will likely be looking for the latter just to be rid of the player and his wages once and for all.