Cologne and Austrian international defender Kevin Wimmer has revealed that the prospect of a move to the Premier League would be a huge next step in his development as a player.
The 22-year-old centre-back has made 25 Bundesliga appearances for Cologne this season, attracting the interest of Tottenham.
However, Wimmer has confirmed the two clubs are still trying to negotiate a transfer fee, with no agreement yet in place.
He said: “The two clubs have yet to agree because of the transfer fee. They are still negotiating. It would be a dream to move to a top club like Tottenham.
“For me, the transfer is a big step. A step with which I can develop myself. That's why I want to take the chance.”
Despite Wimmer’s revelation in March that Spurs were interested in signing him, Cologne sporting director Jorg Schmadtke was quick to quash any chance of an imminent move saying that: “he'll play for us until the summer and we'll take it from there.”
Even so, the Austrian is relishing the prospect of a potential move to White Hart Lane and the Premier League – the only league that can match the Bundesliga according to Wimmer.
"I'm not someone who wants to stop developing," he continued. "That is why England would be the next step. I'm playing in Germany. This is pretty much the best league in the world.
“The English Premier League is the only one that can match that. For me, the English league would be a great challenge. There I can develop, because it's very demanding. I'm a fan of English football.”
Wimmer has been a vital part of Cologne’s season so far, having missed only one league game - the goalless draw at Borussia Dortmund on March 14 through suspension.
It’s little surprise Cologne are desperate to keep hold of the Austrian until the summer as, despite sitting in 12th, the club are just five points above the playoff relegation place.