Report: Bruno Martins Indi expected to leave Porto this week, Koeman keen on Everton reunion

Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi

Everton are reportedly interested in Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi.

Porto defender Bruno Martins IndiPorto defender Bruno Martins Indi

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Porto are expecting to sell defender Bruno Martins Indi in the coming days – and Everton are believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature.

Martins Indi, 24, came up through the ranks with Feyenoord having moved to Rotterdam from Portugal at the age of just three, and with 120 appearances for the De Kuip club, he established himself as one of the top prospects in Dutch football.

Porto defender Bruno Martins IndiPorto defender Bruno Martins Indi

Capable of playing at left back or centre back, Martins Indi featured for the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, and subsequently earned a move back to Portugal with Porto – but his time at the Estadio Dragao is turning sour.

After two goals in 71 appearances for Porto, Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that Martins Indi did not attend the club's team presentation this weekend, and is expected to be sold in the coming days.

The report adds that the club likely to be at the front of the queue for Martins Indi's signature is Everton, with manager Ronald Koeman cited as the main reason for their interest in the player.

Everton manager Ronaldo KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

Koeman made Martins Indi a key part of his Feyenoord side from 2011 to 2014, helping the defender develop his game by giving him first-team football at a young age, whether it was at left back or in the heart of defence.

Koeman will be looking to strengthen a backline that struggled massively in the Premier League last season, and with questions over the future of John Stones, he may end up needing two central defenders.

Porto defender Bruno Martins IndiPorto defender Bruno Martins Indi

BBC report that Everton have had a £10m bid rejected for Swansea star Ashley Williams, with Koeman seemingly going for a similar strategy to what he had at Southampton. Williams would fill the role of Jose Fonte as an uncompromising, veteran centre back who can lead his defence, whilst Martins Indi could fit the bill as a younger, more athletic partner – much like Virgil van Dijk was alongside Fonte last season.

With Porto now expecting to sell Martins Indi this week, it will be fascinating to see whether Everton do make their move, as the Portuguese press believe that the Toffees lead the way for his signature.

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