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Rumoured Southampton target seeks move from Tottenham

Kevin Wimmer isn't content with sitting on the Spurs bench

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer has long been linked with a move to Southampton and in a recent interview in his native Austria, it looks like he wants to leave the North London club.

Former Saints defender Toby Alderweireld and Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen have formed a formidable defence which has seen Wimmer spend most of the season warming the Spurs bench and making just 10 appearances for the Lilywhites.

Speaking to Sky Sports Austria, Wimmer said: "24 years of age is where it is most important to play regularly and not only have to train week after week and sit of the bench. In the next few days and weeks, the main focus will certainly be placed on what is there for offers.

"For me, it would be the most beautiful if I could stay in the Premier League. In Cologne, I have experienced three super years. I believe that Cologne is always a very nice step for me, you have to look at what happens, but I would prefer it if I could remain in the Premier League." [Translation via ReadSouthampton]

With Virgil van Dijk still being linked to moves away from the South Coast, a replacement centre-half with Premier League experience would be a must for Southampton despite the recent signing of Jan Bednarek.

But, with Wimmer valued at a reported £20million, it would appear unlikely Southampton would break their transfer fee record for a defender who barely troubled Spurs' established pairing of centre-backs.