Stoke signs Tottenham defender for £18m

It has been one of the hottest rumors of this final week of the transfer window, and now it has finally materialized; Kevin Wimmer will be joining Stoke from Tottenham for a £18m transfer fee.

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Following an announcement on Stoke City’s official website, the centre-back will be leaving Tottenham for Stoke for a hefty fee of £18m, just shy of club-record amount paid for Gianelli Imbula nearly 18 months ago of £18.3m. With rumor floating around discussing a potential £15m transfer for the past couple of days, Stoke seems to have indeed completed his signing, yet the Spurs’ asking price may have increased; which suggests Tottenham is amassing money in order to make one final signing before the transfer window. Kevin Wimmer has been mostly used as back-up option last season behind Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, with Eric Dier earning himself a third spot in the Spurs rotation. The arrival of former Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez seems to have only accelerated Wimmer’s departure from the club.

Mark Hughes has been quoted by HITC to be very excited about the signing of the Austrian international. ‘Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have at my disposal,’ he said. ‘Bringing Kevin here is a real coup in my view, because he is a hugely talented young player who will undoubtedly add further quality to the group.’ Kevin Wimmer will have to fight for a starting position on Stoke’s XI with the recent signings of Bruno Martins Indi and loanee Kurt Zouma, adding onto the defenders already at the club such as Ryan Shawcross. Kevin Wimmer appeared in only 5 Premier League games last season, including a nightmare season debut against fellow rivals Arsenal (1-1) where the Austrian centre back kicked off his season with an own goal.

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