Congolese international midfielder Giannelli Imbula is about to sign a deal with Sochi, the club’s general manager, promoted and current Russian first division red lantern, announced on Monday. Imbula, who played for the youth teams in the French team, started his career at Guingamp then joined OM and Porto before a difficult four-year lease in Stoke City in England, will evolve alongside the French international Adil Rami in this Black Sea resort. Both players have been released from their previous contracts in the past few days. “The fact that they are two French-speaking recruits means that they will adapt better to their new club,” said club general manager Dmitry Rubashko. FC Sochi, stemming from the move from Dinamo to Saint Petersburg, made its debut this season in the Russian elite and plays in the stadium used for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The club, owned by billionaire Boris Rotenberg, close of President Vladimir Putin, is four points behind the first non-relegation.