City boss says the Potters have made a shrewd signing in Kevin Wimmer...
MARK HUGHES believes the Club have pulled off a real transfer coup in capturing the services of Austrian international Kevin Wimmer.
The 24-year-old central defender became the Potters seventh signing of the summer this morning when he put pen-to-paper on a five-year agreement at the bet365 Stadium.
Wimmer becomes the Welshman’s fourth defensive acquisition this summer, following in the footsteps of Josh Tymon, Kurt Zouma and Bruno Martins Indi.
Speaking to stokecityfc.com shortly after the announcement was made, Hughes said: “We are really pleased with what we have done this summer, especially in the defensive positions.
“Bringing Kevin here is a real coup in my view, because he is a hugely talented young player who will undoubtedly add further quality to the group.
“We have already brought Kurt (Zouma) into the Club this summer and managed to get Bruno (Martins Indi) back on a permanent deal as well, which was important to us, and we have Ryan (Shawcross) here too.
“Obviously this deal was with a view to the future because we know that Kurt is a Chelsea player, but Kevin is our player now and we knew that this deal wouldn’t have been available to us this time next year.
“There is a lot of money being spent this summer, so for us to get a player of Kevin’s calibre through the door for the price we have paid, in my opinion, is something we will really appreciate for years to come.”
He added: “As soon as the possibility of bringing Kevin here presented itself to us we moved quickly on it, and have managed to get the deal done, so we are understandably delighted to have brought him in.”