Wimmer Passes Medical Ahead of Stoke Move


Tottenham central defender Kevin Wimmer, 24, is set to complete a £18m move to Stoke City this week with the Potters fighting off West Bromwich Albion’s interest to land the Austrian international.

According to Sky Sports, Wimmer passed his medical this afternoon and the transfer should be completed within the next 24 hours. With Spurs completing the sign of Davinson Sanchez, 21, in a club record deal, and continuing talks over the signing Estudiantes Juan Foyth, 19, it’s no surprise that Mauricio Pochettino has let a central defender go.

Wimmer struggled to convince at White Hart Lane following his €6m move from 1FC Koln in 2015. The error-prone defender was unable to nail down a first team place and made just 31 appearances in all competitions. The writing was on the wall when Eric Dier was initially preferred when Toby Alderweireld was ruled out for two months in 2016.

An own goal in the north London derby at Arsenal in November 2016 touched a raw nerve with Tottenham supporters who were unimpressed with Wimmer’s contribution in the 1 – 1 draw.

A move to Stoke offers Wimmer the chance to reignite his Premier League career with Mark Hughes specialising in taking in players whose careers have stalled. Whether the Austrian is another success story remains to be seen.