Tottenham Hotspur will be forced to wait until May to resume talks to sign Cologne defender Kevin Wimmer after the 22-year-old said the club's survival from relegation from the Bundesliga will take priority.
Wimmer has been heavily linked with a move to north London and appears likely to become the second new face to arrive in the summer following Dele Ali's permanent move from Milton Keynes Dons.
Though the season still has a month to run, Wimmer has already begun considering options for next season but those discussions with Tottenham will now be halted until Colonge's top-flight status is confirmed for next season.
"Nothing is done yet," he told German radio station 1LIVE. "Definitely there is interest in my services. Both clubs have agreed we will at first be sure of our top-flight status. And then we will see what's going to happen."
That declaration is likely to lead to Tottenham being forced to wait another three weeks to continue negotiations, with Cologne requiring another nine points to guarantee survival, and that delay and that could allow rival clubs to make a move for the centre-back.
Despite Spurs seemingly leading the race to sign Wimmer, who says a move to White Hart Lane would be a dream, the player's agent Karol Csonto has confirmed there are two other clubs interested in his services.
"In addition to Tottenham, there are two other Premier League clubs who are in negotiations with Cologne about Kevin," he told PLBOLD. "If Kevin continues the great form he's shown in the Bundesliga, it's only natural there will be interest."
If this summer mirrors the first transfer window of manager Mauricio Pochettino's reign in charge at Tottenham, the club's activity in the summer could well be limited to just a handful of low profile signings despite their desire to close the gap to the current top four.