Breaking transfer news: Stoke complete stunning £18.3m deadline day deal

first_img1 Giannelli Imbula [left] in action for Marseille Stoke City have completed the club-record signing of Giannelli Imbula from Porto.Mark Hughes has been chasing the midfielder all month but the Potters were not willing to meet his sky-high valuation.However, Porto agreed to lower their demands and accepted an offer of £18.3m from Stoke over the weekend.The Frenchman, 23, has now signed a long-term contract with the Premier League club.The deal is another significant transfer coup for Stoke and smashes their previous record outlay of £12million, which they paid out for Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer.Imbula became Portuguese football’s most expensive player when he joined Porto from Marseille for €20m last summer.He struggled to make a major impact at Porto but remains highly-rated in his homeland and Stoke boss Hughes is confident he will be a success in the Premier League.last_img