31 Aug Stoke double
Stoke made their second signing of transfer deadline day with Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi joining on loan hours after Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony did the same.
The Holland international will spend the rest of this season with the Potters with manager Mark Hughes having the option to make the move permanent at the end of the campaign.
Of greater significance is the arrival of Bony, who cost City £28million in January 2015, as Stoke are short of goalscorers and Hughes will hope the Ivory Coast international rediscovers the form he showed at Swansea prior to his move to the Etihad Stadium.
“Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us to be perfectly honest because he knows the Premier League and has scored plenty of goals at this level,” Hughes told stockecityfc.com.
“Eighteen months ago he was being bought for a hugely significant amount of money, so we know that we are bringing in a top-quality striker.”
Bony, who scored just 10 goals in 46 appearances for City, took part in a training match soon after completing the move.
Martins Indi will provide greater options at the back and Hughes is pleased to have got the deal done.
“We have been aware of Bruno for quite some time now, as many other clubs around Europe have been,” he added.
“He is a very accomplished defender who has a lot of experience at a very high level, including playing for Holland during their good run at the 2014 World Cup.
“He is a guy that we feel can come in and make an immediate impression, because he boasts all the attributes needed to perform at the top level of the Premier League.”
Chief executive Tony Scholes is happy to have been able to deliver two players on Hughes’ wanted list.
“It’s been a productive day for us having managed to get three important deals over the line,” he said.
“We set out to address several areas of the squad that Mark Hughes felt needed looking at this summer, and we are delighted that we have been able to do that.
“Bruno is a player that the manager has admired for quite some time and as soon as the opportunity arose for us to make this deal happen, we reacted quickly to make sure we could conclude it.”
Following Martins Indi’s arrival Philipp Wollscheid was loaned out to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, who have the option to buy at the end of the season.