Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, has revealed that they are trying to secure a permanent deal for defender Bruno Martins Indi.
The Dutch defender joined Stoke City on loan last summer from Porto, and has made a strong impression this season. He has made 34 Premier League appearances, and has scored one goal.
Stoke are interested in making his loan deal to a permanent one. However, Porto probably are reluctant to sell the player permanently.
Hughes has revealed that the discussion between the two clubs are ongoing, but they have to remain patient here, as Bruno is contracted to Porto.
Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi
He said that “it is a bit frustrating” and says that Stoke are at a bit of an impasse with Porto at the moment.
MH: It is a little bit frustrating because Bruno has been fantastic this year, but there isn't just us and Bruno to satisfy.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) May 19, 2017
"Clearly Bruno is still their player. We have to be patient with it. It is a little bit frustrating because Bruno has been fantastic this year, but there isn't just us and Bruno to satisfy," said Hughes, as quoted by the BBC.
"We are at a little bit of an impasse with Porto at the moment. We want to improve our defensive positions this summer."
Hughes has stressed the need to sign defenders in the summer. The Potters have conceded 24 goals at home this season, and 32 away from home, which clearly shows why Hughes is keen to bolster his defence.
The good news for the Stoke fans is Hughes has said that the club will back him with money if the right player is available in the market.
Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi in action with Chelsea's Diego Costa