Gary Rowett has had a very busy start to life as Stoke City boss and life doesn’t get any easier during the transfer window as a newly relegated side.

Plagued with interest and bids for star players, a big part of any managerial job is fending off bigger clubs for your star players and with Stoke City now in the second division, it makes it that extra bit harder.

Having already sold the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool and Ramadan Sobhi to Huddersfield, Rowett has been determined to fight off further interest is his key players.

But the departure of Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer will leave a sour taste for Potters fans. Speaking to German publication Kicker, Wimmer was published saying the following: “I really hope I get a hold of this and (do) not have to go back to Stoke”

Wimmer joined Stoke City in 2017 from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur for £17m and having failed to make any sort of impression during his 32 games in English football, is set to move on loan to German side Hannover 96.

Hannover have an agreement in place to make the move permanent for a fee in the region of £10m and the Austrian has made it very clear on his intentions come the end of his loan.

Stoke City may not mind too much, with the Potters having enjoyed a very successful window so far, with the bargain hunting of Oghenekaro Etebo and marquee signing of Benik Afobe, Gary Rowett’s side show plenty of promise for the season ahead.


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