Tottenham Hotspur have been relatively quiet in the transfer window so far this summer but things could heat up in the coming weeks, with one first-team defender confirming he’s seeking an exit.
The Daily Mirror quotes Spurs’ Austrian centre-half Kevin Wimmer as stating he’s seeking an exit from White Hart Lane this summer in order to secure more regular playing opportunities, ahead of potentially representing his nation at the World Cup next year.
Austria currently trail Serbia, Wales and the Republic of Ireland in Group D of the World Cup qualifiers, sat four points behind the group leaders, and face a major battle to overturn their deficit and seal a spot in Russia.
Wimmer, now 24, has his future on his mind though and revealed he’d prefer to stay in the Premier League, where he could get a chance with Southampton as the Saints are reportedly keen on funding a move.
What’s been said?
Hinting that he’d reject the possibility of a return to German side Cologne in order to remain within English football, Wimmer said:
“It would be the most beautiful to stay in the Premier League. Twenty-four years is exactly the age at which it is most important to play regularly and not only have to train week after week and have to sit down on the bench at the game.”
“In the next few days and weeks, the main focus will certainly be placed on what is there for offers, and we will definitely look around, it’s time to look for something, where the chances of regular use are again higher.”
“In Cologne, I experienced three super years. I believe that Cologne is always a very nice step for me, you have to look at what happens. But I would prefer it if I could remain in the Premier League.”
Would Spurs regret a sale?
Spurs are in a difficult situation with Kevin Wimmer as it’s clear the Austrian has the credentials to be a key-player within the Premier League if given the opportunity, although he’s highly unlikely to oust Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld from their starting spots.
Tottenham do lack cover in central defence though, with Eric Dier the only real senior alternative excluding Wimmer, and an exit for the 24-year-old could force Spurs into the market- and it may be difficult to lure a player to the club without the offer of regular football.
Spurs are reportedly eyeing a move for Estudiantes 19-year-old Argentine defender Juan Foyth though, who could be developed into a fine successor for either of Spurs’ senior Belgian pairing. However, it remains to be seen whether he’d provide an immediate boost to the squad.