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Scholes' Shawcross & Martins Indi Hopes

Scholes' Shawcross & Martins Indi Hopes

Stoke are looking to agree a new deal for Ryan Shawcross and complete the permanent transfer of Porto's Bruno Martins Indi 'sooner rather than later', as per the words of chief executive Tony Scholes.

Scholes told BBC Radio Stoke Shawcross has 'been a great player for the club' and been central, quite literally, to what's been achieved during his decade with the club.

He said: 'He's been a huge part of what we've achieved over the years and we hope that remains the case for many years to come. When you've got important players, you want to do something sooner rather than later.'

Shawcross, 29, will be playing his 11th season for Stoke but the captain's contract at the Bet365 Stadium is scheduled to expire next summer, meaning he could leave the Potters on a free transfer, making 380 appearances for the club since arriving in August 2007.

Like Shawcross when he arrived from Manchester United, Martins Indi has initially been on loan at Stoke but an arrangement to secure the Dutch international on a permanent basis hasn't been possible yet, but Scholes is hopeful.

Scholes added: 'It's not just us, not just Bruno and his agent, there's Porto as well. Everything has to fall into place before a deal gets done.'

The longer it takes to conclude a deal for Martins Indi the less likely you feel he'll return for next season, likewise securing Shawcross' future quickly would reduce the risk of losing the captain, who still has plenty to offer.

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Date:Monday June 19 2017
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