Stoke City are showing a ‘strong interest’ in Sampdoria midfielder Mehdi Léris as they look to bolster their squad before the end of the transfer window.

That’s according to journalist Gianluigi Longari, who says the Potters have shown an interest in the 25-year-old.

Stoke have had a busy transfer window so far, bringing in no fewer than 13 news faces to Alex Neil’s squad in permanent transfers, loan or various players returning from loan deals away from the club.

They’ve also shown a willingness to spend, when necessary, too, paying €4m to sign Ryan Mmaee from Ferencváros and €1.5m to get Ben Pearson from Preston North End.

It seems their business might not end there, though, with Longari reporting that they are showing strong interest in adding Léris to their list of incomings.

He’s a right midfielder currently plying his trade for Sampdoria and that is an area of the Stoke squad, which is particularly short, with D’Margio Wright-Phillips the only right winger currently in the squad.

Longari makes no mention of the fee Stoke would be willing to pay for him or if Sampdoria would be open to a sale at this point, just that the Potters are interested in the player.

The fact he has entered the final year of his deal with the Italian side could be a key factor, with that sure to determine his price and Sampdoria’s willingness to negotiate.