English Premiership

Stoke offload Imbula to Toulouse

2017-09-01 15:30
Mark Hughes (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Giannelli Imbula has returned to France in a bid to revive his career after Toulouse brought him in on a season-long loan from Stoke.

The 24-year-old midfielder has failed to live up to expectations at the Britannia Stadium following his arrival from FC Porto in January 2016 for a club-record £18.3 million fee.

Imbula started 14 Premier League games in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign, but struggled to establish himself in Mark Hughes' side last term, managing just nine starts as the addition of Darren Fletcher during the January transfer window further limited his chances.

Les Pitchouns fought off competition from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco, Nice, as well as Galatasaray and Torino to secure the former France Under-21 international on a temporary deal until June 2018.

Imbula was included in Hughes' touring party for pre-season, but hasn't featured for the Potters since the campaign got underway this month.

Meanwhile the Potters have also sent Spaniard Bojan back to his homeland in a loan move to Alaves for the duration of the 2017/18 campaign.

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