Crystal Palace poach transfer from Stoke, agree fee with Porto

Sakho replacement

Crystal Palace seem to have beaten Stoke to the signing of Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi after the Eagles agreed a fee with Porto.

Martins Indi had been on loan with Stoke last season and was expected to remain at the club permanently.

Stoke’s loss is Palace’s gain as Frank De Boer’s side have been looking for a replacement for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho.

Sakho helped kept Palace up last season with a brilliant cameo loan spell but has not joined the club permanently due to his high wages and price tag.

De Boer influence

Although their paths in the Dutch national team never crossed, it’s possible that De Boer’s presence at Palace was a deal maker for Martins Indi.

De Boer was the assistant manager of the Netherlands until 2010, with Martins Indi only making his senior debut in 2012.

At Palace, Martins Indi will link up with compatriot and fellow defender Patrick van Aanholt.

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