Stoke complete record Imbula deal

Stoke City have completed the deadline-day signing of midfielder Gianelli Imbula in a club record £18.3 million deal from Portuguese side FC Porto.

The 23-year-old only joined Porto from Marseille in August and made just 10 appearances at Estadio do Dragao in his few short months at the club.

Imbula put pen to paper on a five-year contract and Stoke completed all the paperwork just ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday evening.

“I’m really pleased to have become a Stoke City player – it’s a very exciting moment for me in my career,” Imbula told the club’s official website.

“Everyone talks about the Premier League. It’s the biggest championship in the world and I really hope to be part of it very soon.”

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Giannelli is a player we have been trailing for some time and we are delighted to have concluded a deal to sign him.

“At one stage it looked unlikely that we would be able to get the deal over the line but things accelerated quickly earlier today and Giannelli is really excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League with us.”