Reported West Brom target Kevin Wimmer is on the look-out for a move this summer – and has made secret of his desire to remain in the Premier League.
Albion were linked with Austrian Wimmer prior to the end of last season, with speculation rife at the time that he could be on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur.
Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and even midfielder Eric Dier have all been preferred at centre-back by Mauricio Pochettino in the last couple of seasons since Wimmer arrived – he made just ten appearances last season, five of which were in the league.
At 24, Wimmer is eager to find regular football, but hopes to do so in England’s top flight.
“It would be the most beautiful to stay in the Premier League,” Wimmer said.
“Twenty-four years is exactly the age at which it is most important to play regularly and not only have to train week after week and have to sit down on the bench at the game.
“In the next few days and weeks, the main focus will certainly be placed on what is there for offers, and we will definitely look around, it’s time to look for something, where the chances of regular use are again higher.
“For me, it would be the most beautiful if I could stay in the Premier League.
“But the league is very good for me, also from Germany, I have to look closely at how Tottenham’s side looks at what they are doing and how it actually looks with the release sum.”
The “release sum”, as Wimmer puts it, is reported to be in the region of £20m, something that has put Southampton off in the past.
The Saints were believed to be considering a move for Wimmer after losing Jose Fonte and anticipating the departure of Virgil Van Dijk.