Stoke City have announced the signing of right-back Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan.
The 25-year-old moves to the bet365 Stadium for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a four-and-a-half year contract.
“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,” Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website.
He is Stoke first senior signing of the January transfer window and could make his debut in their next match, which is at Manchester United on Monday.
Bauer, 25, who has two caps for Austria, moved to Rubin 18 months ago from first club Grasshoppers Zurich.
He has played 16 times for the Russian side this season and was under contract until 2021.
The 25 year old Austria international had been lined up by the club prior to Mark Hughes’s sacking. Bauer’s arrival may now be held up as the club look to appoint a new manager.
Rubin are currently on their winter break and happy to conclude business as it gives them time to find a replacement.
Stoke’s CEO Tony Scholes told the club website: ‘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.’