Kevin Wimmer’s Stoke City nightmare looks to be finally over after nearly four years, with a move to Rapid Vienna seemingly being confirmed by a leaked video, per 90minuten.at.
The 28-year-old was a Mark Hughes signing in the summer of 2017 fr0m Tottenham Hotspur, with the Potters paying £18 million for the Austrian defender’s services.
It has turned out to be one of the poorest pieces of business that Stoke have ever done – Wimmer was exiled from the team the following January when Paul Lambert was announced as Hughes’ replacement – he hasn’t played a game for the club in three-and-a-half years.
Loan spells with Hannover and Mouscron in Germany and Belgium followed after Stoke’s relegation to the Championship in 2018, and Wimmer spent the second half of this past season in Germany’s second tier with Karlsruhe.
They tried to pursue a permanent deal for the Austria international but the club told Kicker that Wimmer had turned them down – he’s now set to return to his native country.
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90minuten’s report shows a picture of Wimmer from a leaked interview at Rapid Vienna so it’s safe to say that the deal is done – what we don’t know is if Stoke have settled the player’s contract to make it a permanent move or if this is one last loan deal before his five-year contract expires next summer.
The Stoke hierarchy will not look back fondly at the Wimmer deal – especially during the week that their 2019/20 losses were revealed to be over £90 million.
At the time Wimmer definitely had pedigree and potential, however it was a big risk paying that kind of money and it’s worked out catastrophically badly in the end.
Wimmer has been one of many big wages on the books at the bet365 Stadium that Stoke need ridding of and they may finally have been able to pay him off – either that or they are stuck with him on the books for one more season until his initial deal expires.