Martina Makes His Move

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STOKE CITY have completed the season-long loan signing of defender Cuco Martina from Everton, subject to FA and EFL clearance.

A highly versatile performer, the former Southampton man primarily operates at right back but is equally adept at left back or in the centre of defence.

The 28-year-old has made more than 40 Premier League appearances and will find himself linking-up again with Everton teammate Ashley Williams who is also on loan at the bet365 Stadium for the season.

Manager Rowett said: “Cuco adds size, strength and power to our back line and he has shown in the Premier League that he can play in a variety of positions.

“He played left back for Everton for most of last season but his preferred position is right back, so we see him as a very good option anywhere across the back line.”

Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “We are delighted to have secured the services of such an experienced player whose versatility will give an added dimension to our squad.”

He started his senior career with RBC Roosendaal and played top flight Dutch football for RKC Waalwijk and Twente before moving to England to join Southampton in 2015.

Although born and raised in the Netherlands, Martina represents Curaçao at international level. He has been capped 37 times and is their captain.