Premier League transfer news: Chelsea, Huddersfield, Stoke, West Ham

GERMAN defender Michael Hefele has become the ninth player from
Huddersfield’s promotion-winning squad to sign a new contract
this summer.

The 26-year-old moved to the John Smith’s Stadium on a free
transfer last summer from the German third tier and made 40
Championship appearances, including three starts in the
play-offs as the Terriers secured a place among the elite.

Although David Wagner has recruited 10 new signings ahead of
the step up, the club have also agreed fresh terms with the
majority of the squad from last season and Hefele has now
followed suit.

His new deal runs until the summer of 2019, with Huddersfield
then having an option for a further year’s extension.

“Michael was a big player for us last season,” Wagner said.”I
think everyone can see how big of an influence he is in the
dressing room and how good of a character he is for the team.

“He is a leader on the pitch and carries responsibility for his
teammates, attributes we want our players to have.

“Over the last season he showed how his qualities suit English
football and our style of play. Now the test for him and the
team is making the step up into the Premier League.”

Bruno Martins Indi has
completed his £7m move from Porto to Stoke.

The Netherlands centre-back, who spent last season on loan at
the Potters, has signed a five-year deal at the bet365 Stadium.

He will not feature for Stoke in their opening match of the new
Premier League season away at Everton on Saturday as the
paperwork for the deal was submitted after the midday deadline.

Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s website: “We are
delighted to have secured a deal to bring Bruno to the Club in
a permanent transfer and I know that Bruno feels the same.

“Bruno loved being with us last season and made no secret of
his desire to move here permanently when his loan spell came to
an end. We’ve had to be patient in our dealings with Porto but
we’re really pleased with the outcome.”

Martins Indi made 35 appearances last season as Stoke finished
13th in the Premier League.

Marc Muniesa has left
Stoke to join La Liga side Girona on a season-long loan
.

The 25-year-old defender leaves the Potters after making more
than 60 appearances during his four years at the bet365
Stadium.

Muniesa, who joined Stoke from Barcelona, departs a matter of
hours after the club confirmed the return of defender Bruno
Martins Indi on a five-year deal.

The Netherlands international spent last season on loan at
Stoke from Porto and joins for £7m.

He will not feature for Stoke in their opening match of the new
Premier League season away at Everton on Saturday as the
paperwork for the deal was submitted after the midday deadline.

Lewis Baker has signed a new five-year contract with
Chelsea but will
spend next season on loan with Middlesbrough.

The 22-year-old has featured just once for the Blues’ senior
side, when he made his first-team debut in an FA Cup tie
against Derby in 2014.

The midfielder, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2005,
spent the past two seasons on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse
Arnhem where he helped lead the club to Dutch Cup glory last
term.

Other loan spells saw Baker spend a month at Sheffield
Wednesday at the start of 2015 before joining MK Dons for the
remainder of the season, in yet another loan move.

Baker was part of the England U21 side that reached the final
of this summer’s European Championships, where the team
narrowly missed out on the title when they were beaten on
penalties by Germany.

He scored 15 goals in all competitions with Vitesse last
campaign and is another significant signing for Garry Monk’s
side, following striker Britt Assombalonga’s £15m move to the
Riverside Stadium.

West Ham are in talks to sign midfielder William
Carvalho
but are yet to strike a deal with Sporting Lisbon,

according to Sky sources.

The Portugal international is understood to want a move to the
Premier League and has a £40m release clause in his contract.

Sky Sports News understands West Ham are confident they can
secure a deal for Carvalho, but are hoping to pay less than his
release fee.

The 25-year-old, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, is a
product of the Sporting academy and has scored nine goals in
137 appearances since making his first-team debut in 2011.

Sporting have recently signed midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia as a
potential replacement for Carvalho.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has made five major signings
ahead of the new Premier League, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart,
Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Sead Haksabanovic
arriving at the London Stadium.


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