Noel Whelan claims that Tottenham will look to get midfielder Victor Wanyama off the books in January after his lack of game time this season.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it is in the best interests of both the Ivorian international and the club to try and find a move away in the winter window after he remained in north London this summer.

Football Insider revealed that the Mauricio Pochettino was looking to bring Wanyama back into the first-team set up after the midfielder turned down a late move to Club Brugge.

However, Whelan suggests that the midfield general is into his final months in north London and that the former Southampton and Celtic man will be offloaded as soon as possible by the Lilywhites.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s not got long. If they can get him off the books in January, they will get him off the books. It’s probably best for both parties.

“He’s a talented midfield player, everyone wants midfielder player that can get around the field, be dominant and has that kind of aggression and that he certainly has.

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“When you’re not playing football, when you’re not part of the plans, finding your form can be very hard at time.” 

Wanyama has featured just twice for Pochettino’s side this season, coming off the bench against Leicester City before starting the shock League Cup defeat to Colchester in midweek.

The 52-cap Kenyan international, who is also his country’s captain, is five appearances away from a century of outings for Tottenham, while he has 153 Premier League games under his belt.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that Mauricio Pochettino looks like he is being “forced” to play one Spurs star who doesn’t look fit.