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Forgotten Stoke City man linked with move to European promotion chasers



German side Karlsruhe are interested in a deadline day move for Stoke City defender Kevin Wimmer, a report from Stoke on Trent Live has revealed.

Wimmer joined Stoke from Tottenham back in the summer of 2017 for a reported £18million, but things have far from gone to plan for the Austrian since then.

The defender has made just 19 appearances in all competitions with the Potters, and spent the last two seasons out on loan with Hannover and Royal Excel Mouscron in Germany and Belgium respectively.

Now it seems as though the 28-year-old could be set for another move away from the Bet365 Stadium, on the final day of the current transfer window.

According to this latest update, Karlsruhe are interested in a possible move for Wimmer, as they look to bring in some defensive cover amid an injury crisis in their backline.

As things stand, Karlsruhe are currently fifth in the German second-tier, four points off a potential promotion place, with 32 points from 19 league games this season.

There are currently around 18 months remaining on Wimmer’s contract with Stoke, securing his future at the club until the end of next season.

The Verdict

This looks to be a decent move for all parties if it happens.

With Wimmer right out of the picture at Stoke, it does make sense for him to move elsewhere, in search of those first-team opportunities he surely wants.

Indeed, that could also help Stoke to clear some space in their own wage budget, potentially helping them between now and the close of the market later on tonight.

But in spite of that, it still cannot be denied that given the price they paid for him and the length of his contract, Wimmer’s move to Stoke has been a pretty dismal one for all concerned with it.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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