Report details issue in PL club's chase of Tottenham 24-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham centre-back Kevin Wimmer’s £20million price-tag is proving an issue for fellow Premier League side Stoke who are chasing the Austrian, according to a report.
The Mirror have detailed on their live transfer blog (Wednesday, 3.48pm) that the 24-year-old defender is on the radar of Mark Hughes’ side.
However, Spurs’ mega valuation of the player who joined for just £4.3million two years a go is said to be “proving prohibitive” and Stoke are reported to also be eyeing Club Brugge dender Bjorn Engels, who is being priced at just £8.5million.
Wimmer has played just 31 times in all competitions since his move to Tottenham with only 10 of them coming across all competitions in the last campaign.
He does however have four years remaining on his contract, meaning that Spurs can quote a large figure for the still considerably young centre-back.
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But, Tottenham, who are also reported by the Mirror to be chasing both Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez may be forced to lower their price-tag on Wimmer in order to raise funds.
Football Insider verdict:
Wimmer is far from a £20million player even in the inflated market and Tottenham surely must lower their valuation if they are to sell the Austrian this summer. The centre-back has far from increased his value by £16million since his move to England and after some poor performances some would even argue that it should have lowered. Manager Mauricio Pochettino also made it clear in the last campaign that Wimmer does not fit in to his plans with the Argentine often electing to use Eric Dier over him in the back three and therefore Spurs simply have to decrease their value.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have given an emphatic response to this jaw-dropping bid from a Premier League giant.