It’s been widely reported today that the Tottenham target Victor Wanyama will turn down a contract tension from Southampton, as he looks to force a move from the club.
With only one year remaining on the Kenyan’s deal, Southampton will surely decide to cash in on the player if he doesn’t commit to them, rather than allowing him to leave for free in 2017.
Rated at around £25m last summer, Wanyama’s value may have reduced since then, though the Saints are still likely to make a large profit on the £12.5m they paid to Celtic for the player in 2013. Still only 24 and with plenty of likely suitors, Spurs would have to spend big to land the defensive midfielder.
So should they do it? On one hand Wanyama is a proven Premier League player who Mauricio Pochettino knows well from his time at Southampton. The defensive midfield position is one that definitely needs to be strengthened, with the squad having little cover for Eric Dier last season.
Yet it’s not a deal that comes without some doubts. With Dier having played so well, would it not be better to get someone in cheap – Lassana Diarra is available on a free transfer – to act as his deputy? Southampton are also likely to play hardball in any negotiations with Tottenham, having lost Pochettino to White Hart Lane and being beaten to the signing of Toby Alderweireld.
Then there’s questions over the player himself. Wanyama’s pass completion rate of 82% is poor for a player in his position and he was sent off three times last season, resulting in a mammoth five-match ban.
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