By Coral Barry
Tottenham want to follow up their capture of Vincent Janssen with the signing of Southampton’s Victor Wanyama, according to a report.
The Southampton powerhouse was courted last summer by Spurs, but the Londoners could not persuade the Saints to part with their star defensive midfielder.
Wanyama went on to enjoy another excellent season for Southampton as he marshalled their midfield and the London Evening Standard claim Spurs are ready to step up their interest in him once again.
Spurs are reportedly on the verge of capturing the signature of striker Janssen for £12million and it believed Mauricio Pochetinno wants to follow up that signing with Wanyama’s arrival.
The Kenya international has so far refused to sign a contract extension at Southampton and has now entered the final year of his current deal.
Southampton paid £12.5million to Celtic for Wanyama in 2013 and the 24-year-old’s stock has significantly risen in his three years at St Mary’s.
Ronald Koeman’s imminent departure from the club has thrown the future of some of Saints’ best players into doubt and Everton are also reportedly interested in luring Wanyama to Goodison Park.
Pochettino is in need of reinforcements in midfield with Champions League football beckoning for Tottenham next season and Moussa Dembele to serve the remaining four games of his six game ban for eye gouging at the start of next season.
It is claimed that although Tottenham have yet to make a formal offer for Wanyama, they are showing a strong interest in him.