Imbula signs for Stoke in record deal

Stoke City broke their transfer record to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has left his loan spell early to join PSV. Shame as he was on the few appearances he managed to get. Really needed a decent run in the side though.

Stoke rejected a bid from Marseilles for  Peter Odemwingie and that club signed Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher on loan instead.

So one in and two out (Steve Sidwell left on loan for Brighton a week ago) in this January transfer window.

Better news on the injury front as Shawcross could be back for this weekend’s game against Everton, where Imbula will be eligible to play having signed too late for this evening’s game against Man Utd.

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