By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Toby Alderweireld has described new Tottenham signing Victor Wanyama as a “beast”.
Spurs announced last Thursday that they had completed the signing of the midfield anchorman from Southampton for a reported £11million.
Wanyama, 24, has signed a five-year contract and will be reunited not only with Mauricio Pochettino, who brought him from Celtic when he was the Southampton manager in the summer of 2013, but also Alderweireld.
The pair were team-mates at St Mary’s Stadium in the 2014-15 season, which the Belgium international spent on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid.
Wanyama has been signed to bring authority and presence to the Spurs midfield, which has been welcomed by Alderweireld.
“He’s a beast on the pitch but a very nice person off it,” the Belgian centre-back said, as quoted by the official Tottenham website.
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Pochettino has said he is convinced that Wanyama will be the perfect foil for fellow midfield enforcer Eric Dier and the more creative Mousa Dembele.
“I know Victor well from my time at Southampton,” the Spurs manager told the official club website. “He is a player who can improve our squad and help us over the next few years.
“He’s a holding midfielder who can play free and plays very well with the ball. He’s powerful and I think he’s the perfect player for us.
“It’s important to add a player that can help us and improve our squad. He will be a great signing.”
The north Londoners have paid Southampton a reported £11million fee for Wanyama, while his former club Celtic will also receive a substantial sum due to the sell-on clause inserted in the deal that took him to the south coast three years ago.