Bundesliga duo of Borrusia Dortmund and Wolfsburg along with Premier League side Southampton are all reported suitors of Tottenham centre-back Kevin Wimmer
According to Tom Collomosse of the Evening Standard, Spurs defender Kevin Wimmer could be on his way back to Germany as the Bundesliga duo of Borrusia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are keen on securing his services.
English club Southampton are also keen on purchasing the defender, given the uncertainty of Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk’s futures. The Saints’ first-choice defensive duo have been linked with moves to top English sides, and manager Claude Puel may be fighting a losing battle to make them stay put at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Wimmer, 24, is Tottenham’s fourth-choice centre-back behind Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier – due to which he has struggled for regular game time under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
This season, the Austria international has just played in five of Spurs’ fifteen games in the league. Due to an injury crisis at the back, Pochettino decided to start Wimmer in the crunch North London derby fixture against Arsenal. It wasn’t the best of occasions for the 24-year-old as he ended up nodding the ball back into his own net to give the Gunners a crucial lead.
Luckily for the Austrian, Harry Kane returned from injury to salvage a point for Tottenham, but the catastrophic own-goal would certainly have displeased the manager as well as the Spurs faithful.
That being said, Spurs are unlikely to sell any of their first-team players in January. After bowing out of the Champions League due to a dismal showing, they still have the Europa League to fight for.
Pochettino has settled on a first-choice team and would not like to lose an important backup centre-back. Alderweireld and Vertonghen have already had injury problems this season, and Wimmer will be expected to step up on any given occasion.
Also, with Dier operating as a defensive midfielder on occasion, the Austrian could be the go to option should any of the Spurs defenders face injuries.