Even Kevin Wimmer probably thought Stoke City paying around €20m for him was a bit on the high side, especially given the struggles he’d gone through at Spurs and, perhaps especially, with the Austria national team.

That Tottenham were able to quadruple their money, and some extra, is yet another example of why Spurs are very good at transfers, and why Stoke are probably not.

Now facing at least one season in the Championship, Stoke will be looking to offload several players. Some departures will be painful, Wimmer probably doesn’t fall into that category.

Although it may hurt the balance sheet.

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Hannoversche Allgemaine report their local club, Hannover 96, are closing in on signing the player. However, Stoke City have got their foot on the ‘brake’.

They’re stalling, and it’s explained because of the €22m (their figure) ‘fantasy sum’ that was paid to Tottenham, Wimmer can only leave on loan.

With four years left on his contract, it’ll be interesting to see if Stoke have to continue paying a percentage of the player’s wages if he does leave on a temporary deal.