On-loan centre-half Bruno Martins Indi could be on his way to representing Stoke City on a permanent basis once the transfer window opens, according to Mark Hughes.
Hughes revealed on Friday morning that the Potters and Porto have come to an agreement on a fee, adding that he hopes that the Dutch defender will opt to make his stay at the Britannia a permanent one.
Potters boss Hughes is confident that the 25-year-old has bought into Stoke’s ambition during his season on loan, and has nothing but glowing plaudits for Martins Indi.
“There’s an agreement in terms of a fee.” Hughes claimed. “It’s just about making sure Bruno understands where we are going and what our ambitions are and hopefully he’ll want to be part of that. I think we are very close.
“There’s hope on all sides that we get it done. He’s played exceptionally every since he walked through the door. It’s not easy when you come to a new country and a new level, in my view, compared to where he as playing.
“He has been able to adapt very quickly and credit to him. He’s embraced everything we’re about and I hope we get it done. I think we are very close to an agreement. And when it’s done I think Bruno can settle and understand where he’s going to be in the next few years.”
Martins Indi has unquestionable pedigree, and if the move comes to fruition, Stoke City will already know the astounding calibre of his assured defensive profession.