Tottenham have made their first move of the summer transfer window, following the announcement of, Cologne defender, Kevin Wimmer’s move to White Hart Lane. According to BBC Sport, Spurs have signed the Austrian from the Bundesliga outfit on a five-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.
It is perhaps unsurprising to see this deal float under the radar. After all, for those of us who are not regular Bundesliga viewers, Wimmer will be a relatively unfamiliar name.
According to the official Tottenham website, he became a Cologne regular as they earned promotion to the German top-flight in 2014, before emerging as a standout performer in their first season back in the Bundesliga this term. He made 72 appearances in total during his time in Germany, scoring twice, while he has also been capped at international level by Austria.
TBR’s Bundesliga expert, Conor Garratt gave us an indication of what to expect from the Austrian. He said, “Wimmer is a reliable defender and has been part of one of the Bundesliga’s best defences at Köln this season. He’s been solid at centre back all season and at 22 still has time to develop, but he’s already an Austrian international so Spurs seem to have made quite a smart signing!”
Wimmer becomes Mauricio Pochettino’s first close-season signing, but if recent reports are to believed, the club could be readying a £12million bid for Burnley striker Danny Ings. One thing is for sure, the White Hart Lane faithful should brace themselves for a busy next few months.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the deal – on the whole, the reception was very positive:
We've signed an 'Kevin Wimmer'. Top 4 secured next season? #COYS
— Simply (@Simply_Spurs) May 23, 2015
I'm glad #Spurs have signed Wimmer. Nothing bad ever came from Austria!
— marc lancaster (@LancasterMarc) May 29, 2015
Wimmer way, wimmer way, wimmer way, wimmer way…. In the jungle the mighty jungle! #COYS
— Rico Suavé (@RicoSuaveSays) May 29, 2015
Last month I'd never heard of Kevin Wimmer, the more I see though the more it seems like a very astute signing, fingers crossed
— Daniel Hinsley (@daniel_hinsley) May 29, 2015
— Arnie (@HugLeBoss) May 29, 2015
Hopefully Kevin Wimmer is what we need. Only seen him play once or twice and he did stand out at the back.
— ? (@CoysGeorge) May 29, 2015
I don't know anything about Wimmer however the fact that it's 29th May and we have signed a Mitchell/Poch target makes me smile. Welcome Kev
— Danielle Hill (@DLJ88) May 29, 2015
Wimmer signing doesn't excite me at all
— Paul (@paulyboym1) May 29, 2015
I've been trying to work out why we at buying Wimmer and Tripier. They just feel like squad players at best.
— Andrew Goodall (@Andy_Goodall87) May 29, 2015
Just seen that we have signed Wimmer. Been inevitable for a while now. Think he'll do well, but will take time. Not a short term solution
— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) May 29, 2015