On Monday, we covered claims from Cadena SER that Levante, flush with cash following their sale of Jefferson Lerma to Bournemouth, were looking to replace the Colombian with Stoke’s Giannelli Imbula.

The 25-year-old doesn’t want to remain in the Championship, and wasn’t selected by Gary Rowett for their season opener, leaving the door open for an exit.

Levante were said to have contacted the Stoke midfielder’s entourage to try and find out whether he’d be interested or not, hoping to then move on to talks with the Potters to get a loan sorted.

RMC Sport on Tuesday now have an update on the situation, claiming Imbula is now edging closer to his move to Spain, and an agreement for a loan with a view to buy ‘could be found this week’.

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However, Levante aren’t the only clubs interested, with Rayo Vallecano and Torino said to still be following his situation, while talks with Caen in France took place recently, only for the Ligue 1 side to bring back Faycal Fajr instead.

Furthermore, the Stoke man is reported to have been offered to Saint-Etienne, Monaco and Lille, but none of the trio appeared interested.

Levante seems his only option as things stand.