After news surfaced yesterday that Tottenham had secured an £11million deal for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, the midfielder himself has all but confirmed the move.
Wanyama praises Saint's fan
Speaking to Kenyan website Soka25east Wanyama admitted that “it’s always a tough moment leaving a club” especially as you get used to “their tradition and fans”. He added that he “will definitely miss the awesome Southampton fans who always showed [him] love” and he believes that “they will fully understand [his] decision”. Wanyama also commented that for any footballer it is a dream “to play at the very top level like Champions League” and so suggesting that he looks likely to join the North London club.
Wanyama has made a total of 97 appearances for the Saints across all competitions and scored four goals.
An exit was increasingly likely
Last summer the midfielder was reported to hand in a transfer request to Southampton as he looked to reunite with his older manager Mauricio Pochettino, who signed him for Southampton from Celtic in 2013. However it was understood that then manager Ronald Koeman stood in his way. Since Koeman has joined Everton and it is understood that Southampton gave up in trying to keep Wanyama after he snubbed a new deal with the Saints. It is understood that the Kenyan is due for a medical in the upcoming days.
It is understood that Southampton want to regain the £12million that they used to buy Wanyama but according to various sources Tottenham have agreed a slightly lower cost. It is also understood that Celtic will gain financially is Southampton are to sell their midfielder.
Reports have also suggested that Tottenham are trying to strike a deal with AZ Alkmaar for their young striker Vincent Janssen as they were granted permission to speak to him. They are also looking at young Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi but are unsure about the £31million price tag.