Stoke step up midfielder bid

Stoke are understood to have increased their bid and are now leading the race to sign Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina.

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The Potters are one of a number of clubs keen to capture the Gabon international, who struggled to break into the first team with the Serie A winners last season, having enjoyed a loan spell during 2015-16.

Lemina, who started his career in France with Lorient, cost Juve in the region of 10million euros and is contracted until 2020, but he could be allowed to move on if someone comes up with a suitable offer.

Stoke are believed to have increased their bid to £12million and are waiting to see whether that will be enough to tempt Juve into allowing the 23-year-old to speak to Mark Hughes.

Premier League rivals Watford and Leicester City are also known to be keen on Lemina, as are RB Leipzig, who are preparing for life in the German Bundesliga after winning promotion last term.

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