Imbula left Marseille in the summer when he signed for FC Porto for €25 million, having previously been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
London trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were all understood to be keen on the tenacious midfielder, but ultimately missed out as he secured a switch to Porto.
However, Imbula has struggled to impress in the Portuguese top flight—as Porto trail rivals Sporting Lisbon in the standings—and could finally be set to move to England.
According to the Daily Mirror [via Le 10 Sport], the Franco-Congolese star is wanted at Southampton, as Ronald Koeman looks to improve his options in the heart of the park.
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Should the Saints—who are currently sitting in 12th place in the EPL table—get their man, it may tempt the Dutch coach to cash in on Kenya international Victor Wanyama, who was himself linked with a switch to Tottenham during the summer.