Victor Wanyama staying at Southampton as Tottenham miss out

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama
Image: Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has joined up with the Kenya squad

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama is set to stay at St Mary's with any possibility of him joining Tottenham now gone, according to Sky sources.

The 24-year-old left the United Kingdom on Tuesday morning to join up with the Kenya national team ahead of their fixtures against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea.

Wanyama was left out of the Southampton squad for the 3-0 win over Norwich on Sunday as manager Ronald Koeman felt he was not "mentally and physically good enough to play".

Sky sources understand the 24-year-old had asked to leave the Premier League club, with former Saints boss Maurico Pochettio keen on bringing him to Tottenham.

Victor Wanyama of Southampton in action
Image: Wanyama has been a target for Tottenham

However, Koeman is desperate to keep Wanyama at Southampton having already lost fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United this summer and it looks like the Dutchman has now got his wish.

Koeman insisted on Sunday that Wanyama and Sadio Mane, who has been reportedly linked with Manchester United, would not be leaving before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

He told Sky Sports: "They will stay in Southampton, I'm 100 per cent sure about that.

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"The same answer for Victor as for Sadio, we don't sell that kind of player because they are key players for the team and they have to respect the contract. That's most important".

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