Kevin Wimmer is reportedly set to have a medical at Stoke ahead of completing a £15 million move from Tottenham
According to a report by Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur are set to sell Kevin Wimmer for £15 million to Stoke City. If all goes well in the medical, Wimmer could become Stoke’s seventh major signing this summer. Manager Mark Hughes has been on a spending spree of sorts, having signed Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi and Josh Tymon.
Kevin Wimmer joined Spurs from Bundesliga outfit Koln back in 2015, as Mauricio Pochettino was looking to provide cover for Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the back. The move did not turn out to be quite successful since the Austrian has managed only 15 Premier League appearances in two seasons.
The 24-year-old did not slot in even when Pochettino changed his formation to play with three centre-backs and Eric Dier was chosen ahead of him. These measly numbers are not good for any player and Wimmer is expected to seek a move outside the club this summer in order to get more playing time.
Moreover, Wimmer has become surplus to requirements at Tottenham, following Mauricio Pochettino’s club-record purchase of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez.
Wimmer has proven himself a very decent centre-back since joining Spurs in 2014, and Mark Hughes can benefit by deploying the player in that position. Despite signing so many players, Hughes is understood to be keen on adding a quality defender in the fray to bolster their back line.
The presence of Kurt Zouma and Martins Indi have definitely made an impact but the manager is understandably seeking an alternative in the case of unforeseen injury issues. However, a look at the Stoke squad is enough to deem that the club are currently in need of wing-backs and not centre-backs.
If the deal does go through, his arrival will leave Hughes with the luxury of four bonafide centre-halves on the books, plus the dependable and versatile Geoff Cameron as an able back up. Wimmer’s biggest issue at Spurs is that he is not playing enough. Suffice to say, he will be able clock more minutes at Stoke, making the move sound ideal.