Report: Tottenham in advanced talks to offload first teamer for £20m, deal to be done by Saturday
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are advanced talks to sell defender Kevin Wimmer to West Brom for £15million rising to a potential £20million, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Baggies manager Tony Pulis has made a move for the Spurs centre-back this week after pulling the plug on his pursuit of Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson.
It is said that negotiations between Spurs and West Brom are at an “advanced stage” and a deal could be done in time for Wimmer to make his debut for the Midlands club’s trip to Burnley on Saturday.
The Telegraph report that Pulis’ side have leapfrogged Stoke and Crystal Palace in the race for the Austria international, 24, and they are confident of making him their fourth senior signing of the summer.
The fee could reach £20 million after various instalments.
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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 despite remaining a regular in the matchday 18 even though Mauricio Pochettino often opted to play three centre-backs in matches in the second half of the campaign.
His departure suggests that Spurs could be making progress in their attempts to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.
Football Insider verdict:
It has not worked out for Wimmer at Spurs but that is not to say he cannot develop into a fine Premier League centre-back. He reads the game well and makes up for his lack of mobility with a commanding presence, although his confidence noticeably drops when he makes errors. Nevertheless, Spurs would have pulled off a blinder if they can making a near-16million profit in two years on a player who can’t get in their first team.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.