In Focus: Premier League duo want Tottenham centre-back

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace and Stoke City are both interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Wimmer joined Tottenham from Koln in the summer of 2015, and the centre-back made 21 appearances for Spurs during the 2015-16 season, 10 of which were in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old struggled to make his mark during the 2016-17 campaign, however, and was only used in the league on five occasions due to the form of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

It is thought that Wimmer is keen to move on this summer as he seeks to play first-team football in the season leading up to the 2018 World Cup, and according to The Sun, Palace and Stoke are both in the hunt approaching the end of the transfer window.

The report claims that West Ham United were also in the running, but Wimmer was not interested in joining the Hammers when it became known that he would be used as a right-back rather than a centre-back at the London Stadium.

Why would Tottenham sell him?

Alderweireld and Vertongthen are arguably the best centre-back partnership in the Premier League, while Eric Dier has also been used as a defender by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

As it stands, Wimmer, who is valued at £6.3m by transfermarkt.co.uk, finds it difficult to get a game, but his position would become even more complicated if the London side managed to secure a deal for Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez.

Spurs are believed to be confident of signing Sanchez before the end of the month, and according to The Sun, the Colombian’s arrival will see Wimmer depart.

The Austrian international is contracted to Tottenham until the end of the 2018-19 season, but the move has just not worked out, and Sanchez’s reported arrival would surely signal the end of Wimmer’s career in the English capital.