Tottenham have saved £4.5million in wages by allowing midfielder Victor Wanyama to join Montreal Impact on a free transfer, Football Insider understands.
The MLS club announced last night they had signed the 28-year-old on a three-year contract after paying £117,000 to New England Revolution of the league’s stipulated ‘general allocation money’ to buy his ‘discovery rights’.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider the club’s coffers have been boosted to the tune of around £4.5m, based on the 16 months remaining on Wanyama’s £65,000-a-week contract.
The Kenya international’s wages had proved problematic to shifting him in each of the previous two windows.
There was plenty of interest in the proven Premier League performer but clubs were not willing to match his Tottenham salary.
Football Insider revealed last month that Spurs were exploring various measures, including terminating Wanyama’s contract, after potential sales to France, Germany, Spain and former club Celtic in Scotland all fell through in January.
The agreed deal means the Londoners taking a major financial hit on a player they valued at £10m going into January before slashing the price later in the window.
But it also means they will no longer be responsible for the wages of a player no longer seen as a viable first teamer.
Wanyama had made just four appearances for Spurs this season, with his only appearance since Jose Mourinho took over coming in a Champions League dead rubber against Bayern Munich.
At Montreal Impact, he will link up with their manager Thierry Henry, the Arsenal legend who also signed young defender Luis Binks from Spurs last month.