By Danny Wright
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that his side are not close to signing Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer.
The Telegraph has reported this week that the Baggies are in advanced talks to sign the 24-year-old centre-back in a deal worth £15million, which could rise to £20million in the future.
Albion could be looking at Wimmer as a potential replacement for Jonny Evans, who Pulis has also confirmed to have been a subject of a bid from Manchester City.
However the Hawthorns boss has made it clear that he is nowhere near to signing Wimmer at this stage and that he has other targets on his radar.
“Whoever’s telling you we are close, is miles away from that fact. We have a lot of irons in the fire with a lot of targets,” said Pulis, as quoted by Sky Sports on their live transfer blog on Friday [09:59am].
The Telegraph reported that Wimmer was so close to joining West Brom that he could have been included in their squad for Saturday’s clash at Burnley, but that no longer appears to be the case with Craig Dawson and summer signing Ahmed Hegazi expected to play in the centre of defence once again.
Eight-times Austria international Wimmer is perhaps looking for increased first-team football after he only managed to earn 10 first-team appearances for Tottenham last season.
Football Insider Verdict
Unlike most Premier League sides, West Brom are very shrewd with the low transfer budget they have and they would most likely only make a move for Wimmer if they were to pick up funds from elsewhere. Nacer Chadli is widely said to be a target for Swansea while Evans could fetch the Black Country side a handsome fee if he was to move to Man City. Wimmer deserves more first-team football than he’s been getting and Tottenham and he’s very much a victim of the successes of both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. £15million would be a good amount for Spurs to pick up on a player who doesn’t really feature that often.
In other Tottenham news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.