Tottenham edging closer to deal for Victor Wanyama, say Sky sources
By Lyall Thomas & Fraser Robertson
Last Updated: 18/06/16 7:43am
Tottenham and Southampton are edging closer to an agreement for Victor Wanyama to re-join his former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, according to Sky sources.
It is understood the Saints want to recoup the £12m they paid Celtic for the defensive midfielder in 2013, with Tottenham negotiating to pay slightly less for the 24-year-old, who has just a year remaining on his deal at St Mary's.
Tottenham tried to sign the Kenya international last August when Wanyama told Ronald Koeman he wished to leave and re-join Pochettino, who signed him whilst boss on the south coast, but Southampton refused to sell.
Spurs are keen to sign a new central-midfield 'destroyer' this summer, as they prepare for a return to the Champions League, and they believe Wanyama fits the criteria of a young yet experienced player who can go straight into their first-team squad.
It is understood Celtic will benefit financially from a sell-on clause if the fee Southampton receive is at least £12m, but neither club would comment on Friday evening when asked about the deal.
Meanwhile, Spurs are still deliberating whether to move forward with a deal for Michy Batshuayi or Vincent Janssen in their pursuit of a new striker.
Sky Sports News HQ reported last week that Tottenham had spoken to Janssen after being given permission to do so from AZ Alkmaar and the club are unsure over the £31m asking price for Batshuayi.
Pochettino is also keen to sign a new central defender and attacking midfielder this summer.