Kevin Wimmer to join Stoke City from Tottenham in £15m deal

Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur attempts to save as Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham Hotspur scores an own goal for Arsenals first during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham

Austrian global central defender Kevin Wimmer signed for Stoke City from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday for £18 million.

The Potters have beaten off Crystal Palace and West Brom to land Austrian defender Wimmer, 24, who will also finalise his personal terms tomorrow. The centre-back is far from the quality needed at Spurs in order to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League and he has since been replaced in the squad by club-record signing Davinson Sanchez.

"We brought Kurt Zouma in earlier in the window and managed to bring Bruno Martins Indi back to the club following his loan spell last season, so bringing Kevin here too, a player I admire greatly, gives me real strength in depth in those central positions".

Wimmer said the opportunity to work with Hughes was a big factor in his decision to join the club.

Stoke F.C. announced the signing on their official Twitter feed on Tuesday and manager Mark Hughes said that he was satisfied with the club's efforts to strengthen the defence.

"I had some really good conversations with the manager. and they were important for me", Wimmer told Stoke's website.

He helped the German side win promotion to the Bundesliga in 2014 and left for White Hart Lane the following year.

Wimmer was a back-up defender at Tottenham, playing only 31 games after joining from Cologne in 2015, although he was handed a new five-year deal in the 2016 offseason.

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