New Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has stated he is excited to work with one of his players, amid speculation that Wolves are in talks with the Potters, with a view to signing Austrian international Moritz Bauer, as reported in The Stoke Sentinel.
The 26-year-old joined Stoke on a four-and-a-half-year-deal from Rubin Kazan over the summer, but fell out of favour under former boss Gary Rowett and has not featured for the club since.
So are Stoke making a transfer mistake if they let Bauer depart?
“I think they are.
“Bauer is a good player and has something to offer Stoke but it seems as though he’s on his way.
“Wolves will be looking to get the best out of him, too, so they could regret this one.”
“It wouldn’t be the first mistake they’ve made this season, would it?
“I think there’s value there, but fringe players from a relegated squad rarely work themselves into key players in a promotion squad.
“Maybe it just hasn’t worked.
“He’s still a decent player though.”
“This does not make sense to me.
“When Nathan Jones was appointed, he spoke about Bauer as a player that fits the mould of individual he wants in his side.
“Then he didn’t play at the weekend which was odd.
“So I don’t know where he stands but it would be a mistake to let him go after publicly championing the defender.”