Tottenham Hotspur laughing all the way to the bank over Kevin Wimmer sale

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur made a tidy profit on a player who is struggling in a big way.

Daniel Levy (R) looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has forged quite a decent reputation as being one of the shrewdest operators in English football.

And events at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday shows why he is regarded so highly.

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England.

The Tottenham chief sold defender Kevin Wimmer to Stoke City for £18 million (according to The Mirror) during the summer in what looks a brilliant piece of business, based on how much the Austrian has struggled.

Signed for £4.3 million a little over two years ago, the 24-year-old was slammed by Stoke fans for his first-half performance at Manchester City, before being subbed at the break by manager Mark Hughes.

And it wasn't the first time that Wimmer has been called into question since making his move.

Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham in action during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

Levy has earned bigger profits for Tottenham on certain players but many of them - Gareth Bale, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric etc - went on to be important players for their next club.

He has never made big money on a complete flop, but Wimmer is heading in that direction and Spurs' £13.7 million profit looks like something of a masterstroke.

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