Tottenham Hotspur should use Kevin Wimmer as makeweight for Virgil Van Dijk

Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham Hotspur (L) and Aaron Tshibola of Aston Villa (R) battle for possession during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at...

Southampton will go for the Tottenham Hotspur man if Van Dijk joins Liverpool, but why don't Spurs go for him directly?

According to The Mail, Southampton will go after Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Kevin Wimmer if Virgil Van Dijk joins Liverpool.

But should Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino go for Van Dijk himself in a move which would go a long way toward helping Spurs to Premier League glory?

Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham Hotspur (L) and Aaron Tshibola of Aston Villa (R) battle for possession during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at...

With Wimmer rated at £20 million - according to The Mail - Pochettino could pick up the £60 million-rated Dutch defender for £40 million - and he is worth every penny.

If the Argentine manager continues with a 3-4-2-1 system then the Lilywhites, who already have Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, would arguably have one of the best back lines in European football with Van Dijk, ideal on their return to the Champions League.

At 26, the Netherlands international would have plenty of re-sale value, a factor guaranteed to interest Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Liverpool have been linked with him for much of the summer but Pochettino might well have an advantage over the Reds, given he is a personal friend of Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino, who rang his compatriot for advice before taking the Saints job.

Tottenham have £54 million burning a hole in their pocket from the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City, and signing Van Dijk, ahead of Liverpool, would be a huge statement.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road on January 7, 2017 in Norwich, England.

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