Tottenham fringe player moves closer to summer exit, PL rivals circling - report
By Danny Wright
West Brom want to sign Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer in the summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Black Country outfit are plotting a move for the defensive enforcer after he has failed to make an impression at White Hart Lane.
Wimmer, 24, has struggled to break into Spurs’ first-team with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier consistently being named as Mauricio Pochettino’s favoured centre-backs.
The eight-times Austria international has only made 10 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions this season with his last league outing against Stoke in February.
The Mail reports that Spurs are willing to listen to offers for Wimmer, with their Premier League rivals West Brom, Stuttgart and Cologne all in pursuit.
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Albion are being strongly linked with signing a new centre-back at the end of the season.
Experienced defender Jonas Olsson has recently left the club for Sweden meaning that Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson are the only first-team options for the Hawthorns role.
Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho is also on Tony Pulis’ radar, as is Sampdoria’s Milan Skriniar.
However Pulis is understood to want a centre-back with Premier League experience – something which Wimmer doesn’t have too much of since his £4.3million move from Cologne in 2015.
Football Insider Verdict
Wimmer is quite clearly a squad player for Pochettino and even though he isn’t used much, he’s still an important back-up option. However, the 24-year-old does deserves more first-team opportunities so maybe a move to West Brom is a good option. He’s said that he wants more first-team football and he’d certainly get that at West Brom. He has also said that he’s open to staying in the Premier League. Pulis is currently without a left-footed centre-back since Olsson left for the Swedish league in March, and he knows how to get the best from a defender. His style of play could really bring out Wimmer’s hidden potential.
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