Stoke City have announced the signing of Wouter Burger from FC Basel. The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at the Bet365 Stadium, having spent two successful seasons in Switzerland.
Stoke made their first offer for Burger nearly a month ago, and now the Potters have completed the signing of the former Netherlands U21 international, paying a reported fee of €5m. The centre-midfielder has become Stoke’s 14th signing of the summer, as head coach Alex Neil aims to push his side up the table after last season’s 16th-place finish.
Wouter Burger kicked off his career with Feyenoord, after rising through the ranks in their youth academy. The central midfielder featured 16 times for the first team, whilst also experiencing loan spells with Sparta Rotterdam and Excelsior. Feyenoord are set to benefit from the transfer, due to a 20% sell-on clause that was in the player’s contract.
In the summer of 2021, Wouter Burger moved to Swiss side FC Basel, where he’s been a crucial player. Last season, Burger featured 50 times across all competitions as Basel finished fifth in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League. This could be an excellent signing for Stoke.