Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer price-tag should encourage Southampton to increase Jan Bednarek bid

Southampton fans look dejected after Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (not pictured) scores their third goal

Southampton need a new centre-back and Lech Poznan's Jan Bednarek would surely be better value for money than Spurs' Kevin Wimmer.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer scores Arsenal's first with an own goalTottenham's Kevin Wimmer scored an own goal in the North London derby last season

The transfer market is a strange place at the moment. Kevin Wimmer may have only started 13 Premier League games in two seasons, Tottenham Hotspur may be desperate to offload him this summer, but The Sun claims they will still demand a fee of £20 million.

When you consider that the Austrian centre-back hasn’t exactly set the world alight, or been given the opportunity to, since moving from Cologne for £4.3 million two years ago (The Guardian), it appears that Spurs would be extremely fortunate if they were to quadruple Wimmer’s transfer fee.

And, fortunately, Southampton are refusing to entertain Tottenham’s demands. The Sun claims that The Saints want a new defender with doubts continuing to shroud the future of Virgil van Dijk.

But they will not go near the monstrous fee required to convince Spurs to hand over their out-of-favour forgotten man.

Therefore, instead of wasting time and effort entering into negotiations with the typically hard-nosed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, Southampton would be better served taking their interest elsewhere.

Tottenham chairman Daniel LevyTottenham chairman Daniel Levy drives a hard bargain

And though they would also have to pay more than initially expected for 21-year-old Polish defender Jan Bednarek, it appears that he would represent better value for money.

Interia Sport claim that Lech Poznan have rejected The Saints’ offer of £4.3 million for the Under-21 international – a deal that would have made Bednarek the most expensive export in the history of the Polish league.

However, the report adds that Poznan may consider a higher bid for one of the country’s most exciting young stars. Either way, Bednarek would certainly come a lot cheaper than Wimmer.

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer looks dejected at full time

And, although he is completely unproven in a major European league, his vast potential means he will be worth the risk for a club renowned for its ability to unearth a diamond in the rough.

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