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Stoke sign Austrian defender

Stoke City have made their first signing of the January window.

25-year-old Austrian international defender Moritz Bauer has joined on a four-and-a-half year deal, after the Potters paid Russian side Rubin Kazan an undisclosed fee for his services.

The right back Bauer agreed terms with City and underwent a medical last week, and has now completed the formalities of his switch to the bet365 Stadium.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Moritz is a player we have been trailing for some time and was someone Mark Hughes wanted to bring into the Club.

“Moritz came over to England last week to undergo his medical and discuss terms and we have now been able to conclude his transfer.

“He’s a very highly-regarded player who broke into the Austrian senior side last year and he adds to the defensive resources at our disposal.”

Although he represents Austria, Bauer was born in Switzerland and launched his career with Grasshoppers Zurich, making more than 90 league appearances for them.

He joined Rubin Kazan in 2016 and played in 37 league games for the Russian Premier League side. 

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