Key Tottenham figure holding up Wimmer deal, confirms club director

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Tottenham Hotspur had reportedly agreed terms for the transfer of Kevin Wimmer.

Speaking to Germany’s Kicker, FC Koln sporting director Jorg Schmadtke has explained why the transfer for Kevin Wimmer to Tottenham Hotspur has not been confirmed.

The Koln centre-back was said to have sealed a transfer to White Hart Lane earlier this week, as per a report in Cologne-based newspaper Express.

The report stated that the 22-year-old left-footed centre-half had agreed a deal to take him to North London in the summer, and, as a highly-rated youth star of the Austrian national team, Spurs fans were rightly excited by the news.

Wimmer’s signing would represent a new era of transfer business for Tottenham, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino laying out his targets for Paul Mitchell to scout in his role as director of football. The signing of young targets shows a building for the future that will please fans, and Wimmer’s arrival could be the start of a new dynasty at White Hart Lane.

However, since that news was announced, the deal has gone quiet, and there has been no confirmation from either Tottenham or Koln that a transfer has been agreed. If Wimmer has announced that a deal is going through he must be confident that he will be playing for the Lilywhites next term.

And now, Koln sporting director Jorg Schmadtke has weighed in on the subject, confirming that a deal has been held up due to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Talking to Kicker in Germany, and quoted by Sport Witness, Schmadtke has said that Levy is holding up the deal because he is “not known to throw money out of the window”.

By this, the Koln director means that Levy is unwilling to pay large sums for new players, a criticism that has long been levelled at the Spurs chairman. One would hope that Pochettino and Mitchell can convince Levy to put up the money for Wimmer, with the player clearly keen on pushing through a transfer to North London.

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