Tottenham Hotspur have had a bid for Kevin Wimmer rejected, according to Kicker. The FC Köln defender has been brilliant this season and Spurs made a run at him, but the Bundesliga club have absolutely no interest in selling him.
Wimmer is a 22-year-old who starred for Austria's U-21 team and has been tipped to get his first senior team cap in March. At 6'2'', he's plenty tall enough and plays strong too, to go along with good feet and distribution. He's one of the Bundesliga's best young defenders and it's no wonder Spurs want him.
It's also no wonder that Köln don't want to sell him. After Tottenham had their big rejected, they tried to do a deal that would see them buy Wimmer and loan him back to Köln for the remainder of the season, but that was a no-go as well. Köln see him as a fixture in their team going forward, but they don't have a ton of money and interest will be high going forward so expect Spurs to be among many teams going after him in the summer.
It is a bit unfortunate that Spurs couldn't get Wimmer, but it's great to see that they are looking for young, promising defenders. The club has needed defenders, mainly centerbacks, for years now, but too often they have not made signing them a priority. And when they have prioritized the position, Spurs have gone after older players. Even when Vlad Chiriches came in, it was while Steven Caulker went out.
Players like Wimmer should be targets for Spurs, as he's capable of playing right now and could develop into one of the Premier League's best. Wimmer didn't work out -- maybe it will in the summer? -- but if this is going to be Tottenham's strategy going forward, they should be in much better shape.