Stoke City have signed Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid on loan with a view to a permanent move, and the centre-back will spend the rest of the campaign at the Britannia, having spent the first half of the season on loan at Mainz 05.
The 25-year-old only made five appearances in the German Bundesliga during his time at Mainz, and will be hoping to play more regularly for Mark Hughes’ side.
Wollscheid has been capped two times by Germany, and he trained with his new teammates at the Potters for the first time on Wednesday.
He will compete for a starting place at centre-back with Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Marc Muniesa, Marc Wilson, and Geoff Cameron.
Hughes has revealed the club had been monitoring Wollscheid closely before clinching his signature, and he is delighted to have signed the defender.
He said: ”Philipp is a player we’ve been aware of and have been tracking for some time and he will add to the competition for places in the centre of our defence.”
“He’s got presence, technically he is good, he has played at a high level and he has gone for big money in the past and to get a German international at relatively young age is a good deal for the club.”
“He’s genuinely excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League and is confident of making a big impression as a Stoke player.”