Stoke City have confirmed the loan signing of Bayer Levekusen's Philipp Wollscheid until the end of the season.
The loan has been made with the view to make a permanent move for the German international.
The centre back had spent the first half of the season on loan from Levekusen at fellow Bundesliga side Mainz but is now ready to face new challenges in the Premier League.
Potters manager Mark Hughes said: Manager Hughes added: "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.
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The 25-year old has over 50 Bundlesliga appearances for Levekusen, scoring two goals. He has also earned himself two caps for the current world champions Germany.
Wollscheid wasn’t included in German coach Joachim Low’s squad for the tournament and will be hoping that impressing in the Premier League will increasing his chances of gaining future caps.
Stoke’s first signing of the January transfer window should help sure up a defence that concedes on average 1.2 goals a game. This isn’t City’s first activity in the window as Ryan Shotton has joined Derby on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell.
The confirmation of Wollscheid’s arrival also comes less than a week after Hughes rubbished reports that striker Peter Crouch is on his way out of the Brittania.
Stoke currently sit 11th in the Premier League table. The German has been given the number 26 shirt and may make his Potters debut on Sunday when Stoke face Arsenal at the Emirates.