By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are on the verge of selling defender Kevin Wimmer to West Brom for £15million, according to a report.
The Times claim that Baggies manager Tony Pulis is closing in on the signing of the Spurs centre-back as the deal nears completion.
It has been reported that Stoke and Crystal Palace have been pushing to sign the Austria international, 24, but West Brom are now close to finalising a deal.
Wimmer’s expected White Hart Lane departure comes after Tottenham announced the signing of centre-back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax on Friday evening for a reported fee that could rise to £4.2million.
Signed for £4.3 million from FC Koln in May 2015, Wimmer made a sound impression in his first season, when he was the deputy to regular centre-back pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
But he slipped down the pecking order last season despite remaining a regular in the matchday 18 even though Mauricio Pochettino often opted to play three centre-backs in matches in the second half of the campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Wimmer could yet develop into a commanding centre-back but Spurs have pulled off a blinder if they can secure a near-£11million profit in two years on a player who is some way off their first team. The defender reads the game well and makes up for his lack of mobility with a strong physical presence, but his confidence noticeably drops when he makes errors. And, as Spurs fans will tell you, he has made too many of them for comfort. There is a clear sense that Tottenham are upgrading by swapping Wimmer for Sanchez. Big time.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.