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This signing would be a brilliant bit of business from Mark Hughes and Stoke City

The Potters have made their way to the Transfer Tavern tonight and they seem relieved that their back line is getting some TLC in this transfer window.

According to reports from Sky Sports, Stoke City are close to completing a cut-price deal for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi.

The Dutch centre-back spent last season on loan at the Bet 365 stadium and subject to a successful medical, that deal looks to be made permanent.

Getting Porto to nearly half their asking price for the defender is a fantastic piece of business from Mark Hughes and Martins Indi will give some much-needed depth to the Potters’ back line.

He made 35 Premier League appearances for Hughes’ side as they suffered a disappointing campaign which saw them finish 13th.

It is doubtful that Stoke’s new man will get straight into the first team with Ryan Shawcross and the on-loan Kurt Zouma likely to be filling the roles at the back but he can still be a useful player when called upon.

Unless Hughes tries again with the three-back formation that Stoke ended the season with against Southampton, in which case the new signing could be thrust directly into the first team picture.

Whether he is a success or a failure now that the move is set to be made permanent, getting a centre back with Premier League experience for just £7.5 million is brilliant work from Stoke City, especially in this modern market.

What do you think Stoke fans? Let us know down below.

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