There may be an actual real Tottenham Hotspur transfer news emerging! According to the Mirror, Spurs have reached an agreement to sign Southampton’s Victor Wanyama for £11m, with a medical expected in the next few days.
The report says that the 25-year old Wanyama, who has been tipped to leave Saints since Ronald Koeman departed the club for Everton, rejected a move to champions Leicester City in order to reunite with former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino has long had an interest in bringing Wanyama to Tottenham. Last summer, Soton apparently rejected a transfer deadline day bid from Spurs of £20m, apparently out of spite that Spurs had just poached Toby Alderweireld from them. Now, if the Mirror is correct, Spurs may be close to landing him for just over half that amount. Wanyama’s contract apparently expires at the end of this coming season, he’s reportedly refused to sign an extension, and Saints are ready to cut bait.
We’ve written a fair amount about Wanyama already. He’s not the most exciting of signings but he does provide adequate competition-and-slash-or backup for Eric Dier at defensive midfield. He’s also had the benefit of working with Pochettino before, so Poche knows him and knows what he can do. If Poche thinks he’s good enough to play and succeed at a Champions League caliber club, then I trust his judgement. Plus, the price is pretty good: if Spurs were willing to spend £20m for him last summer, getting him for £11m would be a pretty good deal.
The article also suggests that Spurs offered Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in part-exchange, but Southampton turned them both down. LOL.
This is the Mirror, so of course we note this story with a healthy dose of skepticism. Still, it’s written in a lot more direct fashion than their usual transfer rumors, and it’s been clear that Spurs have been kicking the tires on Wanyama for a while now. This, Michy Batshuayi/Vincent Janssen, and perhaps another black-box midfielder would make for a pretty decent window.