Tottenham reject £15m bid for fringe player miles off the first team - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have rejected a £15million bid from Stoke City for defender Kevin Wimmer, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Stoke have become the third Premier League club to table an offer for the Austria international following West Brom and Crystal Palace.
It is said that Wimmer is likely to leave White Hart Lane next week, but the growing interest in his services has put Tottenham in a strong negotiating position.
Stoke are keen to sign another centre-half despite the arrival of Kurt Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, and Bruno Martins Indi, who joined from Porto for £7m.
Wimmer’s expected White Hart Lane departure comes after Tottenham announced the signing of centre-back Davinson Sanchez for a club-record fee of £36million.
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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 even though Mauricio Pochettino often opted to play three centre-backs in matches in the second half of the campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Wimmer could yet develop into a commanding centre-back but Spurs have pulled off a blinder if they can secure more than an £11million profit in two years on a player who is some way off their first team. The defender reads the game well and makes up for his lack of mobility with a strong physical presence, but his confidence noticeably drops when he makes errors. And, as Spurs fans will tell you, he has made too many of them for comfort. But the stampede of interest in the fringe player is testament to the defensive riches at Pochettino’s disposal.
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