Tottenham Hotspur's summer of being linked to every player in the galaxy continues to chug along even with the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 deep into their respective tournaments. Earlier today, we reported that the rumors linking Spurs to Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama were heating up to the point that a transfer fee had even been agreed upon, but coming from the Mirror, you have to bust out the salt.
Supersport isn't exactly known for being terribly accurate with their transfer rumors, but if this is true, they will forever be known as the outlet that broke a transfer rumor from the unlikeliest location ever.
According to the South African online outlet, Victor Wanyama isn't just in talks with Tottenham, but he has agreed to the move, spurning fellow Champions' League-bound Leicester City (that's still strange to type out) to make a move to North London. Fees and wages are not discussed, but there are direct quotes from the Kenyan International:
Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama is set to sign for Tottenham Hotspur in a lucrative deal for the Kenyan international.
Spurs beat Leicester City to Wanyama's signature and the highly rated defensive midfielder will put pen to paper on his new deal on Monday next week.
Wanyama was at Kamiti Maximum Prison in Nairobi on Saturday where he paid a courtesy call and spoke to inmates.
"I want to thank Southampton for the great opportunity they gave me to play in England. As footballers, we harbour ambitions and a move to Tottenham Hotspur will give me a chance to play in the Champions League."
That's right, Wanyama didn't go to his agent, a newspaper, Sky Sports or any of the outlets we normally think of. He made the announcement visiting inmates at a maximum security prison. I would challenge any member of the community to find a stranger place where a rumor has come from.
Location aside, there has been a lot of news regarding Wanyama, who was linked to Spurs last season but the move simply could not be forced. Part of that probably had to do with the Toby Alderweireld saga and Southampton feeling a little bitter about how that went down.
Wanyama currently has just one year remaining on his deal at Southampton, so that £11m fee that was reported by the Mirror may not be that far off. Levy undoubtedly will try to get him for the cheapest possible price and with Wanyama obviously not interested in signing a new deal with the Saints, I won't be shocked if this happens. The old adage goes that "where there's smoke, there's fire" and there is no shortage of smoke given that so many outlets have at least written something in regards to the move.
Pochettino wasn't shy last year about his pursuit of the soon to be 25-year-old midfielder, who was a solid player when the Argentine was coaching on the south coast of England. It just appears this is the next chapter in that pursuit. With Spurs being able to offer Wanyama Champions League football and knowing that he would be adequate depth in the pivot, this is making more sense even if it isn't a WOW! signing.