Bruno Martins Indi on the verge of joining Stoke City

Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi is reportedly close to joining Stoke City on a permanent deal, having spent last season on loan with the Potters.

Martins Indi, who is capable of playing both in the centre of defence or as a left back, made 35 Premier League appearances for Stoke last season and helped the club finish in 13th place.

His strong performances alongside Ryan Shawcross prompted manager Mark Hughes to attempt to agree to a deal with Porto for the Dutch international before the transfer window opened.

A deal was unable to be agreed and Martins Indi returned to Portugal, still hoping that his loan spell with the Potters can become a permanent one.

It now appears the 6-foot-1 defender will rejoin Stoke City within the next 24 hours, according to Sky Sports News.

The deal is reportedly worth around £7 million, almost half the fee (£13.4m) that Stoke could have bought Martins Indi for as part of the loan deal the team had with Porto last season.

The acquisition of Martins Indi for a relatively low fee will be considered a coup for Mark Hughes, with Crystal Palace also reportedly attempting to sign the Dutchman earlier in the transfer window.

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In his 35 league appearances last season, Martins Indi averaged 1.7 tackles and interceptions and even put in six clearances per match, keeping things tight at the back for the Potters.

He also showed good ball moving skills, making almost 32 passes per match – completing 86.7% of all attempted passes.

His flexibility, being able to play both centrally and out on the left, also makes him an enticing option for Hughes – who will be hoping to try to push Stoke further up the league table.

Martins Indi is also reportedly very keen on returning to Stoke, giving the team a player that truly wants to play for them and do a good job in the process.

This is evident by the fact that the international, capped 34 times for his country, failed to appear for a medical at Crystal Palace after the London club agreed to a deal with Porto.