Report: Southampton earmark Tottenham Hotspur's Kevin Wimmer as defender replacement

Tottenham's Son Heung-min, Kevin Wimmer and Michel Vorm during training

Southampton, who are expected to lose Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte in the coming transfer windows, are one of two clubs said to be keen on the Tottenham Hotspur man.

Southampton's scouting team have earmarked Tottenham Hotspur's Kevin Wimmer as a long-term replacement for wanted defenders Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte, according to the Sun.

It is claimed that the pair are 'expected' to sign for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, over the next two transfer windows, and the Saints, it seems, have a contingency plan in place.

Southampton's Jose Fonte, Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand

Wimmer signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane only this summer, but has fallen out of favour with Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose defensive options already include Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier, along with promising teen Cameron Carter-Vickers.

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Southampton, though, could face competition for Wimmer, who the report claims is rated at £6 million, with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach said to be keen.

The Austrian spent three seasons in Germany with FC Cologne, before moving to north London in summer 2015.

Tottenham have taken Gareth Bale, Victor Wanyama and Pochettino from the Saints this past decade, while Alderweireld spent a season on loan to St. Mary's from Atletico Madrid. In contrast, Wimmer would be the first Spurs player to move to the south coast club since Tommy Forecast in 2008.

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