Tony Scholes speaks on pursuit of FC Porto defender...
CHIEF EXECUTIVE Tony Scholes has revealed the Potters are hoping to make Bruno Martins Indi their fifth summer signing sooner rather than later.
The Dutch international enjoyed a hugely successful season-long loan at the bet365 Stadium in 2016/17, forming an impressive central defensive partnership with skipper Ryan Shawcross.
The future of the Dutch international has been the subject of huge media interest this summer, but speaking to Matt Sandoz on BBC Radio Stoke's 'Sport at Six' programme he confirmed that discussions with both Porto and the 25-year-old are now at an advanced stage.
"Bruno is a player that made a real impression at the Club last season, and the manager has made it clear that he would like to bring him back to the Club this summer.
"Whilst I don't usually talk about potential signings until they are finalised I will make an exception in this instance.
"We are at an advanced stage with both the club and the player and we are hopeful of being able to conclude this deal imminently."
When asked whether the deal could go through before Saturdays Premier League curtain-raiser against Everton, he added: "Never say never!"