John Obi Mikel has emerged as a name of interest as Stoke City weigh up a move for a holding midfielder, OJB Sport reports

Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004.

In 2006, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him. He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017.

After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019

The 33-year-old Nigeria international is currently a free agent after leaving Turkish club Trabzonspor in March.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill is understood to be keen on bringing in a holding midfielder and Mikel could be a leading contender.

He was recently linked with a move to Brazilian side Botafogo but is reported to have fallen through.

West Bromwich Albion – newly promoted to the Premier League – have also been credited with an interest in the player.

Mikel would bring vast experience, having made more than 350 appearances for Chelsea.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, he won the Champions League, Europa League, the Premier League twice, the FA Cup three times and the League Cup once.

Following a spell in China, he returned to England to sign for Middlesbrough on a short-term deal in 2019, before making the move to Turkey.

Stoke were previously linked with Mikel back in 2015, when they were still in the top flight.