Crystal Palace have beaten Stoke to the signing of Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi.

Martins Indi, 25, spent last season on loan at Stoke and was an ever-present in Mark Hughes’ side.

The Potters were strong favourites to land the Dutch international on a permanent deal this summer.

But Sky Sports says Crystal Palace have won the race to sign the ex-Feyenoord centre-half.

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Eagles boss Frank de Boer has used his Dutch links to bring countryman Martins Indi to Selhurst Park. He will follow Ruben Loftus-Cheek through the door after the Chelsea midfielder joined on loan on Wednesday.

He featured 35 times in the Premier League, and struck up a solid partnership with Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross.

Martins Indi’s impending move to London will come as a blow to Potters chief Hughes, who wanted to tie the defender down to a permanent deal.