Tottenham beat Arsenal to Wimmer deal

The Gunners have reportedly held an interest in the Koln centre-back, but the Austrian will sign for Spurs at the end of the season as Mauricio Pochettino shakes up his defence

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Tottenham will sign defender Kevin Wimmer from Koln this summer despite reported interest from Arsenal.

Spurs have agreed a fee of around £4 million with the Bundesliga club and personal terms with the central defender.

While no contracts have been signed, all parties are extremely confident the deal for Wimmer will be completed at the end of the season and the player himself again confirmed the talks during an interview on German radio on Monday.

"Nothing is fixed. Of course there is interest," Wimmer told German radio station 1Live. "But both teams have agreed that we should first concentrate on the league - and then we'll see."

Wimmer, 22, has attracted interest from a number of clubs, with his agent recently claiming that three Premier League teams were negotiating over his signature.

But Tottenham appear to have won the race for the Austrian and will look to tie the deal down once Koln are safe from relegation in the German top flight.

Wimmer has impressed with his composure and strength and will be assessed by manager Mauricio Pochettino in pre-season over whether he is ready to immediately become a starter at White Hart Lane.



Tottenham remain in the market for another centre-back in addition to Wimmer, despite having Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio, Eric Dier and Younes Kaboul on their books.

Kaboul has fallen out of favour and is expected to be sold this summer while Spurs will listen to offers for Fazio just one year after his arrival from Sevilla in an £8m deal.

Wimmer confirmed Tottenham’s interest in him earlier this month and spoke of his desire to play in the Premier League.

"It would be a dream to move to a top club like Tottenham," Wimmer said.

"For me, the transfer is a big step. A step with which I can develop myself. That's why I want to take the chance.

"I'm not someone who wants to stop developing. That is why England would be the next step. I'm playing in Germany. This is pretty much the best league in the world.

"The English Premier League is the only one that can match that. For me, the English league would be a great challenge. There I can develop, because it's very demanding. I'm a fan of English football."

Wimmer has been a regular in the Koln side for the last two seasons and has made 30 appearances in all competitions this term.