Victor Wanyama Transfer Rumours: Latest News and Speculation on Southampton Star

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Victor Wanyama of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed a fee with Southampton for the transfer of Victor Wanyama.

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That’s according to Sky Sports News HQ, who have reported that the amount bid by Spurs is “between £11 million and £12 million.” Sky Sports added that the player is due for a medical with the club on Monday, with a four-year deal on the table.

Wanyama has been with Southampton since joining from Celtic in 2013 and will link up with the club’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane should the deal go through.

Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe thinks that the duo working together again will bring the best out of the player:

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Pochettino knows how to extract his best / use him. Wanyama has thrived in the same Spurs system under him. Keeping him motivated key. #THFC

The 24-year-old has taken to English football very well. During his time at Celtic Park, Wanyama always looked a class above in the Scottish top flight, and it was no surprise to see him settle into life in the Premier League when Saints landed him.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, England.  (Photo by
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The Kenyan’s main qualities are obvious for anyone who has watched him play; Wanyama is a behemoth in the middle of the park. He’s strong in the air, forceful in the tackle and outstanding at scuppering opposition attacks. For Spurs, one of the division’s most physical outfits, he’ll likely be a brilliant fit.

There are still areas of his game that need to be refined, though. As these numbers from WhoScored.com illustrate, often Wanyama can be too overzealous in the tackle:

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Victor Wanyama: Has committed more fouls (118) than any other player in the last 2 Premier League seasons https://t.co/oAcY9oeODz

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Victor Wanyama: No player received more red cards in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season than Wanyama (3 - joint with Xhaka, Murillo, Devaux)

In terms of distribution, the midfielder can also be erratic. Last term his pass-completion rate was 82.4 per cent, but Wanyama does have a penchant for giving the ball away in dangerous areas and taking too long to make a decision.

Still, his primary role will always be as a spoiler and an enforcer in the middle of the park. That’s something Pochettino will be acutely aware of and adding that physical steel to their engine room will make Tottenham a more formidable foe next term.


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