Victor Wanyama swaps Southampton for Tottenham
Published 23/06/2016 | 21:21
Tottenham have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama.
The 24-year-old has agreed to join the north London outfit until 2021 after successfully completing a medical, and becomes their first signing of the summer.
Wanyama is the first Southampton player to be reunited with the club's former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Press Association Sport understands Tottenham will pay around £9million up front for Wanyama, but the deal could reach almost £12m if additional clauses are met.
Spurs first expressed an interest in Wanyama last summer but Saints held firm and were rewarded, as Wanyama played a key role in leading the team to a sixth-placed finish.
The Kenyan, who had just one year to run on his contract at St Mary's, made 85 league appearances for the south-coast club, scoring four goals.
Pochettino has been eager to boost his options in midfield with Tottenham hoping to balance Champions League football with another title challenge next season.
The Argentinian is also eager to bring an extra forward to provide cover for Harry Kane but Spurs are yet to follow up talks with AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen.
Janssen visited Tottenham's training ground two weeks ago and spoke to the club about his future but Tottenham have not submitted an official bid.
The Dutch striker is currently on holiday in Barcelona and has also held talks with German club Wolfsburg, although a move to Spurs remains the 22-year-old's preferred choice.
Wanyama, who moved to Southampton from Celtic in 2013, paid tribute to the club's supporters on his personal website.
"I write to you with a heavy heart to announce that I will be leaving Southampton Football Club," he said in an open letter. "As you can imagine it is very emotional for me to say goodbye to the club that gave me the chance to be the first Kenyan to play in Premier League.
"Firstly, I would like to thank the most important part of every club, the fans. It took a while for me to win you all over but I can truly say that with your support and affection I have grown as a player and a person.
"You guys have always been there to lift us up when we were down, and to celebrate with us when we were playing well. I feel really proud that I got the opportunity to wear the Southampton shirt.
"I will never forget my time in Southampton Football Club, I will keep the club forever in my heart."