Saturday 27 December 2014

Saints in the hunt for Wanyama

Published 04/07/2013 | 17:52

Victor Wanyama, right, is on Southampton's radar
Victor Wanyama, right, is on Southampton's radar

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed an interest in Victor Wanyama, Leandro Damiao and Ever Banega.

Saints are preparing for their second season in the top flight and have ambitious plans for the future, with European football mentioned as possibility.

Earlier this month Lyon's Dejan Lovren arrived for £8.5million and there is clearly still money in the bank for signings at St Mary's. Pochettino on Thursday confirmed a move for Celtic midfielder Wanyama "could happen" still, while there is interest in Valencia's Banega and Brazil international Damiao.

"We manage a lot of information about very good players," the Saints boss said. "One of them is Damiao, also Banega and also Wanyama. We are managing the situation as well as we can at the moment.

"The main thing is that we as a club, Southampton, are managing when these negotiations happen so that is what is happening. We are managing when these players are going to be signed and how we sign them.

"Our goals are very clear. I am also not trapped by the fact that I said I wanted to have our transfer window closed by July 1. We are not interested in 15 or 20 players. We are interested in maybe two or three key players."

Internacional forward Damiao has been a reported long-time target of Tottenham and his agent confirmed there are talks involving an unnamed club.

Pochettino knows Valencia and Argentina midfielder Banega well from his time managing in Spain with Espanyol, although it appears his arrival would depend on a move for Wanyama.

The Celtic midfielder, subject of a reported £12million bid from Saints which was accepted by the Scottish champions, reportedly failed to agree terms on a move to the south coast due to issues with his representatives.

Pochettino also confirmed that a number of squad players will be leaving the club this summer. Billy Sharp, Dean Hammond and Tadanari Lee are among those players, as are Lee Barnard, Richard Chaplow and Steve de Ridder.

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