It has been reported in the Daily Mail that Tottenham are interested in signing Cologne’s Kevin Wimmer, while the Mail’s report has also stated that Spurs have had a bid for the Austrian defender accepted and that personal terms have been agreed with Wimmer, but no deal has been finalised yet.
Wimmer is a centre-back who has played for the Austrian U21s, and at 6ft 2in tall, he provides a physical presence in keeping with the demands of the Premier League.
The 22-year-old also has a regular first-team berth in Cologne’s side, which has seen him feature in 25 of the 26 league matches the German outfit have played this season.
The deal would see the North London club continue to place an emphasis upon the recruitment of young players, following the signings of 21-year-old DeAndre Yedlin and 18-year-old Dele Alli, while it would also cast doubt on the futures of Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches.
Wimmer would be in contention with fellow centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier, who are both first-team regulars in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The North London club have now conceded 45 goals in 30 league matches, and the Austrian’s arrival would be met with the expectation that he can make Spurs more defensively solid, as he has been in impressive form this season.
In 25 league matches for Cologne, the 22-year-old has made 25 blocks and won 70 aerial duels, and this is better than Vertonghen’s record of 19 blocks and 66 aerial duels won in 26 league matches, and also superior to Dier’s record of 6 blocks and 47 aerial duels won in 20 league matches.
In result, it is certainly arguable that Wimmer would strengthen Tottenham’s defence, and subsequently, their pursuit of a top four finish next season, which they seem set to miss this term.
What is more, there is no doubt that the 22-year-old would be able to successfully develop under the tutelage of Pochettino, who has granted young starlets Harry Kane and Ryan Mason regular first-team berths, and was a centre-back himself.
Tottenham have identified a promising defender in Wimmer, and they should endeavour to finalise this deal.