Kostas Stafylidis joins Stoke on loan to become Paul Lambert's first signing
By James Dale
Last Updated: 18/01/18 2:04pm
Paul Lambert has made Kostas Stafylidis his first signing at Stoke, with the Greek defender joining on loan from Augsburg.
Stafylidis was first watched by Lambert when the Stoke manager went to watch him train at the German club.
The 24-year-old will be at the Bet365 Stadium until at least the end of the season.
Stoke host Huddersfield on Saturday, but Lambert was unsure whether Potters' fans would get a glimpse of their latest addition as he needs to assess the player before making a decision on whether he can play.
"I have to see how fit he is and how he's feeling himself, he's not played for a couple of months, I think his last game came against Bayern [Munich]," Lambert said on Thursday morning.
Former Bayer Leverkusen defender Stafylidis made 38 appearances on loan at Fulham in the 2014-15 season, but made a permanent switch to Augsburg at the end of the campaign.
He has 21 caps for the Greece national team.