By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham are ready to let centre-back Kevin Wimmer leave the club this summer, according to a report.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has wrote for the Gambling Times that he understands Spurs are willing to allow the 24-year-old Austria international to leave with Mauricio Pochettino looking to strengthen his defence further.
The report details that the Argentine is now looking for someone to compete with current stars Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back and is happy for Wimmer to leave the club after struggling to make an impact in north London after signing for £4.3million in the summer of 2015.
It is then further claimed that Tottenham are keeping their eyes on Premier League trio Michael Keane, Ben Gibson and Harry Maguire as replacements for Wimmer.
The three Englishmen have all stood out for their sides competing for survival in the Premier League this season and Keane and Gibson have even been called up by Gareth Southgate for the national team.
It is understood that Burnley’s Keane is at the top of the defender shopping list for Spurs, but former club Manchester United are also competing for his signature.
However, Bailey also quotes a source as saying the Stockport-born defender is considering his options still: “There are a lot of clubs, and no decision has been made about his future plans other than that he does not see himself at Burnley next season. He is keen for others to know that no commitment has been made to United or anyone else, and is unlikely to be until the season has finished.”
Any of the three players would certainly prove an upgrade on Wimmer, who has played just five times in the Premier League this season with four years still remaining on his contract.
Football Insider verdict:
It is clear that Wimmer is no longer in Pochettino’s plans from his lack of playing time this season and his future certainly lies elsewhere. The Argentine will be looking to strengthen his side this summer and continuing it’s progression, meaning players like Wimmer will be thrown onto the scrap heap. Now, the club currently do boast stars Alderweireld and Vertonghen, which means that any incoming centre-back may have to accept they won’t necessarily be first choice at the club and that is what could be attracting Spurs to Keane, Gibson and Maguire who have still got time to learn and will be happy to do so at a more reputable club than their current respective sides.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have made contact with an English club for £25million attacker.