Stoke City to rival West Bromwich Albion for 6ft 1 international defender

Ermin BicakcicdStoke and West Brom fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are set for a tense time in the summer as they are both pursuing the same defender.

According to reports in Germany via talkSPORT, the Baggies and the Potters are both lining up a move for Hoffenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic.

The 26-year-old is highly rated in the Bundesliga and his current contract is set to expire next summer, meaning both teams are looking to buy him for a cut price.

Both Premier League clubs have scouted the Bosnian international throughout the season and reports suggest Baggies boss Tony Pulis is desperate to bring him to the Hawthorns in the next transfer window.

Bicakcic has reportedly turned down the opportunity to renew his contract in Germany after all of the interest from the Premier League, meaning he is could be open to a move to England.

Our landlord here in the Transfer Tavern has seen the defender play a number of times for Bosnia and Herzegovina, for whom he has amassed 14 appearances, and thinks he’d suit the demands of the Premier League.

West Brom and Stoke fans. How important of a signing do you Ermin Bicakcic could turn out to be for your club? Let us know your thoughts below!

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