Kevin Wimmer would be appear to be on the verge of sealing his move to Tottenham Hotspur after Austria team manager Marcel Koller revealed he expects the defender to move to England in the summer.
Wimmer confirmed in March talks with the Premier League side had taken place, while Cologne sporting director Jorg Schmadtke added: "Wimmer will play with us until the summer then we will take it from there."
Talk of an imminent agreement ramped up after the 22-year-old defender admitted it would be a 'dream' to move to a club like Tottenham.
And while he stressed talks over transfer fee are still ongoing, the Austria international is now widely expected to be a Premier League player by next season, an opinion shared by his national team coach.
"He [Wimmer] has played exactly the same as I've seen him from him already with Cologne," Austria boss Koller was quoted as saying, by Austrian outlet www.laola1.at.
"On the ball he is very quiet, not rushed. He moves in the summer to England. With his younger years, he still has the potential to improve. He has it all."
After seeing his side concede three goals to the Premier League's bottom side Leicester City before the international break, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted he would soon hold talks with the club over his plans to make changes to the squad in the summer.
Wimmer could be the first of those changes, with the centre half eager to test himself in English football.
"It would be a dream to move to a top club like Tottenham," Wimmer said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"The two clubs have yet to agree because of the transfer fee. They are still negotiating," the Austrian defender added.
"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."
"I'm not someone who wants to stop developing. 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."