Is Kevin Wimmer’s reported transfer to Tottenham a sign they are preparing for life without Jan Vertonghen?

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Does the reported move for Kevin Wimmer suggest that Spurs are planning for life without Jan Vertonghen?

Wimmer looks to be on his way to White Hart Lane in time for next season, with the young defender telling Bild that he has all-but concluded the transfer.

This looks to be a promising signing for Spurs, with the 22-year-old defender said to be of huge promise and available for a fairly cheap price, and Spurs fans are rightly getting excited about the potential of Wimmer.

However, any potential transfer for Wimmer suggests that Spurs are starting to prepare for life without key centre-back, and White Hart Lane favourite, Jan Vertonghen.

Vertonghen is a good player, and has proven himself in the Premier League over the last few seasons, but he has failed to scale his usual heights this term. He is a talented ball-player, but not an overly good defender, and there does not seem to be a natural position for him in Tottenham’s set-up.

He is usually selected as a left-sided centre-back, due to his left-footed nature, but his defensive weaknesses are shown up all too often.

It is Wimmer’s arrival, a fellow left-footed centre-back, that would seemingly spell the end of Vertonghen’s time in defence, and maybe at the club all together. The FC Koln man is not only younger, but he is a naturalised defender, rather than a midfielder moved to defence early in his career - as the ex-Ajax man was.

Vertonghen’s contract at White Hart Lane expires in 2018, and he has already confirmed that he will not extend his deal, as per the Guardian. This leaves Spurs in the position that they may be forced to sell the Belgian international to guarantee a fee is received, rather than losing him on a free, and Wimmer’s soon-to-be arrival gives further backing that Spurs are preparing to pave the way for the exit of Vertonghen.

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