Southampton have given up hopes of hanging on to Kenyan international midfielder Victor Wanyama who is set to seal a move to Saints’ premier leagie rivals Tottenham.
Wanyama, 24, has 12 months left on his deal and the Saints are bracing themselves for an approach from Champions League-bound Spurs, having accepted they must sell this summer or risk losing a valuable asset for nothing next year.
A five-year contract on the table for the powerful Kenya midfielder remains unsigned which has given Spurs the encouragement to try seal a deal with Mauricio Pochettino looking to bring in a strong, tough tackling midfielder ahead of their return to Champions League.
The Argentine has made signing a striker a priority with Vincent Janssen said to be close to arriving from AZ Alkmaar, but he is also keen on strengthening the heart of the Spurs midfield.
Keen on moving
According to the London Evening Standard, the Kenyan midfielder is keen on moving to White Hart Lane in the summer and reuniting with his former manager – under whom he played exceptionally well at Southampton. Spurs will be hoping that they will be successful this summer after failing in a move during last year’s transfer window.
Wanyama is expected to slot in alongside Eric Dier in a deep lying midfielder’s role or with Mousa Dembele, who is more attack-minded than the Kenya international.
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