Kevin Wimmer of Spurs in action during the Premier League match against Watford.
This will come as a blow to West Bromwich Albion, who themselves had agreed a fee with Spurs for the centre-back - according to the Birmingham Mail - before he joined Stoke instead.
Mark Hughes, manager of Stoke City.
Crystal Palace were also interested in Wimmer, but it is the Baggies who made the first approach and who could perhaps regret missing out on the 24-year-old the most.
And the fact West Brom were the early favourites to sign the Austria international could be what makes it so galling should he prove to be a success at the Bet365 Stadium.
Tony Pulis, manager of West Bromwich Albion.
If Manchester City target Jonny Evans does leave then Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho will be the man signed as a replacement, reports the Telegraph, and at £30m will cost almost double what was paid for Wimmer.