The sign of Kevin Wimmer from Cologne was finally announced by Spurs as he arrived on a five-year contract. A deal for the 22-year-old player was finalized last month, and Spurs have now confirmed the move. During his time in Cologne, the Austria international played as center-half and had helped the team win promotion to the Bundesliga in the first season in Germany. He appointed as regular player of the squad as Cologned finished the season in mid-table.
“Kevin is gone on to become a regular in the Cologne defense, as they earned promotion to the German top-flight,” a statement on the Spurs website. The player is figured prominently on Mauricio Pochettino’s list of summer targets and after initially enquiring in January, Spurs have moved early to complete a deal for the Austrian center-back.
Wimmer told Cologne’s website: Tottenham is a huge chance for me. Nonetheless, it won’t be easy saying goodbye to Cologne. “I experienced wonderful moments here, such as the promotion and the staying up. He also thanked the training staff, his Cologne team-mates and all people that have been involved during his career. According to him, fans is a big influence to his career, as Cologne fans are “fantastic and will always remain something special.”
Wimmer is Spurs’ first-close season signing, but a £12 million bid is prepared by the club for Danny Ings, Burnley striker. He has enjoyed a breakthrough season in Cologne by starting 24 of their 25 Bundesliga games. Wimmer moved to Germany in 2012 from LASK Linz in his native Austria and made 72 appearances for Bundesliga side. He has made one senior international appearance for Austria and has been named in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Russia in Moscow on 14 June.
Cologne general manager JorgSchmadtke added: “Kevin has improved tremendously during his time here and has developed into an Austria international player.” He expressed his regret concerning the fact that Wimmer will be leaving the team, but he tries to understand that the center-back is getting the opportunity to play for one of the biggest traditional clubs in London. According to Schmadtke, the deal between Tottenham and Cologne were able to reach an agreement that all parties were happy with.
Spurs have not disclosed a fee for Wimmer, but various sources suggest they have paid the Austrian around £4.3 million. The club is also interested in Burnley’s Kieran Trippier to strengthen the squad.