Southampton will make a move for Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer if they lose Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
There has been much speculation around Van Dijk’s future at Southampton after Liverpool were accused of tapping up the centre-back back in June.
The Merseysiders apologised to Southampton and withdrew their interest, but it is believed Liverpool remain keen on Van Dijk.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also thought to be monitoring the Dutchman’s situation.
As a result, Southampton have been forced to make contingency plans. The Mail claims they have identified Wimmer as a possible replacement for Van Dijk.
Wimmer was linked with the south coast club earlier in the summer but the Saints reportedly balked at Spurs’ £20 million valuation of the Austrian.
The report suggests Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep Wimmer at Tottenham, but the player wants first-team football.
It would make logical sense for Spurs themselves to go for Van Dijk, including Wimmer as part of the deal. But I assume Southampton would still command a hefty fee.
On top of that, Van Dijk has probably already had his head turned by the wages on offer from his other suitors.