Robert Pires has urged Arsenal to sign Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes 

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Victor Wanyama is ready to force a move from Southampton this summer after snubbing the club’s latest attempt to keep him, according to a report.

The midfield anchorman was pursued by Tottenham last summer and the Londoners are targeting him again in the forthcoming window.

The Sun claims that Wanyama has been offered a lucrative new five-year contract by Southampton but he has refused to put pen to paper.

It is said that unless the 24-year-old’s stance changes, Southampton will have to listen to offers for the £25million-rated Kenyan in the coming transfer window.

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Tottenham are long-time suitors of Wanyama, who put in a transfer request last year in order to secure a move to White Hart Lane.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has been a mainstay of the Southampton team since joining from Celtic in a £12.5million deal in 2013.

Wanyama has had an excellent season for Ronald Koeman’s side, making 35 appearances for the team that finished sixth in the Premier League.

He is well know to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, who coached him for a season before his own move to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2014.

However, Spurs’ pursuit of Wanyama faces the problem of poor relations between the north Londoners and their counterparts on the south coast.

This stems from Tottenham signing Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid last summer when  Southampton believed they already had a deal in place to sign the Belgium international.