Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer is close to joining Bundesliga side Schalke, according to reports.

The 23-year-old joined Spurs for a fee of around £4million from FC Koln but has not been able to break into the first team with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred defensive partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen playing well.

Eric Dier, who has often been deployed as a midfielder, also seems to be ahead of the Austrian in the pecking order.

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However, one possible stumbling block in a potential move is the injury that Vertonghen picked up at Crystal Palace at the weekend, and injury that allowed Wimmer to make his first Premier League appearance since his arrival.

Clemens Toennies, the Chairman of Schalke, admitted in a recent interview that he is talks to being Wimmer to the club, along with Hertha Berlin’s American defender John Anthony Brooks.

He said:

Our focus is on Kevin Wimmer and John-Anthony Brooks. We are in advanced talks with both of them.

Tottenham are reportedly reluctant to sell the defender as they have a busy fixture list ahead of them, and Vertonghen’s injury will only serve as another reason to keep him at White Hart Lane.