Philipp Wollscheid is set to return to Stoke for pre-season training after a turbulent loan season deterred potential suitors.

Stoke have had no interest in buying the 28-year-old centre-back, who only made seven Bundesliga starts during nine months at Wolfsburg. The Potters may have to lower any asking price or subsidise wages to encourage bidders – unless Mark Hughes wants to reincorporate him into his first team.