Spurs add established 22-year-old Austrian defender from Bundesliga

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Kevin Wimmer is taking the next step in his bright young career with a move from Koln to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham announced the signing of the 22-year-old defender on Friday, penning the Austrian to a five-year deal. The Telegraph says he’ll cost Spurs around $7 million.

A 6-foot-2 center back, Wimmer helped Koln to the Bundesliga as a regular contributor in 2013-14 before chewing up minutes as the Billy Goats secured their status in the top flight this season.

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Wimmer played the 7th-most minutes of any Bundesliga defender last season, as Koln finished 12th with 40 points. He also recorded a Top Ten defensive performance score through advanced stats site Squawka, ahead of big names like Bayern Munich’s Dante and Hertha’s Fabian Lustenberger (albeit in many more minutes).

He’ll add youth and experience to Spurs’ corps of center backs, which includes Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Federico Fazio, and Younes Kaboul. Only Dier and Wimmer are under the age of 28, and Spurs added USMNT outside back DeAndre Yedlin last summer.

The once-capped Austrian played club ball with LASK Linz in his home country until 2012.