By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Victor Wanyama has sent a heartfelt goodbye message to Southampton fans following his transfer to Tottenham.
Spurs announced on Thursday night that they had secured the signing of the midfield anchorman, 24.
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.
The Kenya international has signed a five-year contract with Spurs and becomes their first signing of the summer transfer window.
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The midfielder has a reputation as the enforcer’s enforcer after starring in the holding midfield role for the Saints in the past three seasons and and making a notable 400-plus interceptions in 2015-16.
Wanyama revealed in a message on his personal website that he owed much to Southampton for his development into one of the Premier League’s finest defensive midfielders.
Speaking on his personal website, he said: “I write to you with a heavy heart to announce that I will be leaving Southampton Football Club. 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. I want to reassure you that any “quotes” you have read about in the media before my move was announced are false. I would never disrespect you by talking to the media before I have talked to you guys.
“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. We are nothing without you. I will never forget my time in Southampton Football Club, I will keep club forever in my heart.”
Wanyama, who was signed from Celtic for £12million in 2013, played a key role as the Saints racked up finishes of eighth (2013-14), seventh (2014-15) and sixth (2015-16) in his three seasons at St Mary’s. During that time he made 94 appearances in all competitions.
At international level, Wanyama made his debut for Kenya at just 15 years of age and has since gone on to become captain of the national side.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have tabled a formal bid for a striker.