By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has described Victor Wanyama as the “perfect player” for Tottenham.
Spurs announced on Thursday night 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 with Pochettino, who brought him from Celtic when he was the Southampton manager in the summer of 2013.
Spurs had one of the outstanding central midfield combinations in the Premier League last season as Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele provided the foundations for the team’s title challenge before they eventually finished in third position.
But Pochettino is convinced that Wanyama will be the perfect foil for fellow midfield enforcer Dier and the more creative 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.