Cape Town - Southampton's on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld has provided an indication of his desire not to stay at the club permanently.
According tothe Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur have received a major boost in their bid bring the Atlético defender to White Hart Lane.
Alderweireld's contract situation is best explained as follows:
Southampton have the first option to sign the Belgian defender, for a fee of £6.8 million.
Atlético have the right to end the Saints option, for a fee of £1.5 million.
Should Atletico end the "first option" clause, the Spanish giants would be able to sell the 26-year-old defender any club for a fee in the region of £10 million.
Spurs do however face opposition in their attempt to land Alderweireld, with league leaders Chelsea and defending champions Manchester City also reportedly interested in his services.
The player himself has spoken of his desire to play alongside national teammate and former teammate at Ajax Amsterdam, Jan Vertonghen.
“I would like to play with Jan Vertonghen again,” said Alderweireld.
“But a transfer will be arranged later, not now. Atlético will decide my future, but I would like to stay in the Premier League. That some of the big clubs show interest proves I’m doing well.”
Tottenham have agreed a £4.3 million fee with Cologne for Wimmer and the 22-year-old said: "There are talks, but from my end there is no confirmation yet."
Alderweireld has featured in 20 matches in all competitions for the Saints this season.