Bid tabled: One almost in the bag, another wanted as PL club eye stunning Tottenham double deal - report
By Harry Sykes
Stoke City are keen to seal a stunning Tottenham double deal by landing Kevin Wimmer and Vincent Janssen by next Thursday, according to a report.
The Sun claim Potters manager Mark Hughes is ready to increase his team’s bid for Wimmer to £17million to win the race ahead of West Brom and Crystal Palace.
It is said that Hughes is hopeful the new offer will be enough to land Wimmer as he also targets the Austrian’s Spurs teammate Vincent Janssen.
Stoke’s hopes of landing a second player from White Hart Lane are currently less likely as Tottenham have not yet given the green light for the striker to leave.
Janssen is also wanted by West Brom but the Sun report that Spurs are undecided about whether they can sell without landing a replacement.
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Stoke’s increased offer for Wimmer comes after the Telegraph reported that Tottenham had rejected a £15million bid from them for the in-demand centre-back.
It is said that Wimmer is likely to leave White Hart Lane next week, but the growing interest in his services has put the north Londoners in a strong negotiating position.
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 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 more than a near-£13million 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. But the stampede of interest in the fringe player is testament to the defensive riches at Pochettino’s disposal.
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