By Dominic Toner
Stoke City are set to complete the signing of Bruno Martins Indi, according to a reliable journalist.
ESPN correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening that Stoke are close to signing the 24-year-old on loan.
It is said that the defender has flown into England for talks and will begin negotiations with the Premier League side.
— Pete O’Rourke (@SportsPeteO) August 30, 2016
The Mirror reported earlier this month that the Holland international has been picked out as a possible solution to Jurgen Klopp’s defensive crisis at Liverpool.
Martins Indi is capable of playing both at the heart of defence and also in the Merseysiders’ problem position of left-back.
Martins Indi joined current club FC Porto in 2014 and is predominately used in his more natural position as a centre-back.
He is currently contracted with Porto until 2018 and was an important player for them last season, making 34 appearances in all competitions.
He has also enjoyed success at national level with Holland and was part of the team that finished third in the 2014 World Cup.
Martins Indi featured six times during the tournament and was a key player alongside central-defensive partners Ron Vlaar and Stefan de Vrij. In total, he has made 30 appearances for his country.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Newcastle have made an emphatic decision on the club’s attacker.