Stoke City are facing important last week of the transfer window, as Michael O’Neill looks to strengthen his squad further and also fine new homes for the fringe players in the Potters’ squad.
The Potters have already brought in Jordan Thompson from Blackpool, and O’Neill’s side are being linked with a move for Rangers’ Jordan Jones, as O’Neill looks to add some extra quality to his side before the end of the transfer window.
As well as adding to the squad, the Potters have already managed to shift on some players who have not been getting much regular game time so far this term, with Badou Ndiaye, Ryan Woods and Peter Etebo all being sent out on loan, while Cameron Carter-Vickers has returned to Tottenham Hotspur.
Here then, we take a look at TWO more Stoke players who O’Neill could look to move on before the end of the window…
One player who Stoke could look to move out on another loan spell this season is Imbula, with the midfielder having spent the first half of the season at Serie A side Lecce, with the 27-year-old having been frozen out of the Potters’ first team plans in the summer.
However, Imbula has found game time hard to come by for the Italian club so far this campaign, making just three appearances in Serie A, which suggests the midfielder could need to make another move away from Lecce in search of more regular minutes in the rest of the season.
Imbula is now being linked with potential moves to both Mallorca and Leganes, according to Gazzeta Dello Sport, via Sport Witness, with the La Liga sides both in need of adding to the their midfield options as they look to secure their safety this season – and having on loan at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish top flight last term making 22 appearances the midfielder could potentially be set for a return to Spain.
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Mame Biram Diouf
Another player who the Potters could look to secure a move for before the end of the window is Diouf, with the forward having been limited to just five Championship appearances so far this campaign, with the likes of Lee Gregory, Sam Vokes, Scott Hogan and Tyrese Campbell all having been ahead of him in the pecking order at times.
Diouf had been completely frozen out of the first team picture at Stoke under Nathan Jones, but Michael O’Neill did offer the 32-year-old a chance to reclaim a place back in the side in his first few weeks in charge – and the forward repaid that faith scoring the winner in the Potters’ 2-1 win at home to Wigan Athletic back in November.
However, during the last few weeks Diouf has found himself once again down the pecking order for the Potters, and has been left out of the squad for the last few matches, which suggests that the 32-year-old could be best served moving away from Stoke before the end of the window.