Could Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer be a cheaper alternative to Mamadou Sakho at Crystal Palace?
It is no secret that Frank de Boer is looking to strengthen his Crystal Palace squad before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.
Since being appointed as manager at Selhurst Park the Dutchman has made only one permanent signing, with Jairo Riedewald joining from Ajax.
De Boer has also snapped up Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan from Chelsea, but the first two matches of the campaign have shown that Palace lack both squad depth and quality.
Mamadou Sakho, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Eagles, has been linked with a permanent switch this summer, although the £30 million valuation, as reported by The Guardian, that Liverpool have placed on the French defender appears to priced them out of a move.
According to Daily Mail, de Boer has turned his attentions to Tottenham Hotspur outcast Kevin Wimmer as a cheaper alternative.
The report claims that Palace are looking to spend £15 million plus instalments on Wimmer, who is set to fall even further down the pecking order at Spurs following the imminent arrival of Davinson Sanchez for a club-record £42 million fee.
Wimmer has been limited to only 15 Premier League appearances during his two years at Tottenham. Nonetheless, at the age of 24, his best years are still ahead of him.
The Austrian international has had little to shout about recently, as the form of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and company has restricted him to a watching brief from the sidelines. He made headlines last season – but for the wrong reasons, after he scored an own goal in the 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Arsenal.
It is clear Wimmer is deemed surplus to requirements by Mauricio Pochettino, whose swoop for Sanchez will kick-start his summer spending spree.
A bid of £15 million by Palace for the out-of-favour centre-back – nearly four times the amount he cost Spurs – would surely be enough to get a deal done.
After a frustrating two years, Wimmer will be desperate for regular football. There have been rumours of interest from West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, as reported earlier by the Daily Mail, but the prospect of playing under a manager of de Boer’s pedigree and remaining in London could be very appealing.
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