Stoke City complete signing of Bayer Leverkusen centre-back

Stoke City have confirmed the loan signing of Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid for the remainder of the season and will be given first choice to making the deal permanent in the summer, Skysports reports.

Mark Hughes has now completed his first signing of the January window and has admitted that the German defender will be a great addition to his squad going into the second half of the campaign.

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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.”