Wolves are working on a loan deal for Stoke City defender Moritz Bauer, according to the Express and Star.

The Premier League side are looking to add more back-up to their defence and see Bauer as an ideal signing to compete with Matt Doherty at right-back.

Bauer has fallen out of favour with Stoke in the Championship this season and has made just three appearances in the league.

He signed for the Potters for a fee in the region of £5.5 million in January last year from Rubin Kazan and penned a lengthy four-and-a-half year contract. He played 15 times last season but could not prevent Stoke from relegation from the Premier League.

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Bauer, who is an Austrian international with five caps to his name, is an experienced right-back and could be a shrewd acquisition for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves. They are currently 11th in the league after a solid start to life back in the top flight.

He started out with Grasshoppers in Switzerland and made over 100 appearances for them. Bauer was snapped up by Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan in 2016 by the now Watford manager Javi Gracia. He won their Player of the Year in 2017.

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It is a new era for Stoke under new boss Nathan Jones. They may be keen to offload Bauer to free up some wages to help him bring in some of his own players this month. Bauer’s move to Wolves would suit both parties.

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