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30th Dec, 2016 | 4:33pm

Pochettino responds when asked about Tottenham January transfer of 24-year-old

By Emma Sanders

Mauricio Pochettino has denied rumours Tottenham are looking to send Kevin Wimmer out on loan in the January transfer window.

The Tottenham manager claimed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that the club are not looking to offload any players in January.

Wimmer has struggled to gain regular first team action this season and many expected the defender to be sent out on loan in order to gain more appearances.

However, Pochettino shrugged off the suggestion when asked about Wimmer and he stated the youngster is a player Tottenham hope to develop for the future.

“I don’t expect that [players leaving in January.] It’s not sensible. We are not talking about a loan [for Wimmer.] For me I am happy with him,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Independent. “He’s still very young, we brought him not only for the present but also for the future.”

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The 24-year-old has made just two Premier League appearances this season and despite signing a new contract this summer, he was not chosen as back-up for Toby Alderweireld when the Belgian was injured.

Instead, Pochettino chose to play defensive midfielder Eric Dier at centre-back alongside Jan Vertonghen and Wimmer has had to bide his time on the bench.

Wimmer’s last appearance came during the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November, though he could be handed a chance against Watford after it was revealed Vertonghen is likely to sit out.

Tottenham currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League and have struggled with a number of serious injuries this season but they have shown an improvement in recent matches and are now just one point behind Arsenal in fourth.

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