Today, Stoke City pulled the trigger to land the Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for £18MM (£15MM buy and £3MM add-ons), per sources. This is Mark Hughes seventh signing of the summer.
One reason why Stoke City landed Wimmer was the fact that he was going down the pecking order at Tottenham after they landed future superstar Davinson Sanchez to play the same position.
The 24-year old centre-back will get a fresh start at Stoke City and try to land a first-team gig, but he will join a solid centre-back group that insists of Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, and Bruno Martins Indi. If he does not land a first-team gig, he will receive more playing time for the Potters over the Spurs.
In addition, Stoke City should believe that Wimmer wants to be a Potter after turning down a deal from West Brom and Crystal Palace. He turned down a move to West Brom as he did not want to play left-back on a regular basis, and he turned down Crystal Palace, as they are looking at landing Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho.
A plus for Stoke City is that Wimmer is versatile enough to play the left-back position if asked upon. He just does not want to play the left-back position on a regular basis.
Also, with this signing, I could see The Potters modify or make a new team sheet that would consist of a back three including a mix of Shawcross, Zouma, Martins Indi, and newly acquired Kevin Wimmer. Out of all four centre-backs, Shawcross is the least mobile, which could eliminate him from the back three idea.
Finally, the Spurs made a £10MM profit off of Wimmer, after bringing him to London for £4.3MM from Cologne. Wimmer participated in 31 games in all competitions for Tottenham.
Note: Wimmer is set to take a medical on Monday.