Robert Pires has urged Arsenal to sign Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes 

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Victor Wanyama is angling for a transfer from Southampton this summer, according to a report.

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

Sky Sports claim that Southampton anticipate that Wanyama will leave St Mary’s Stadium in the summer.

It is said that the Premier League club expect him to be tempted away by one of his suitors, who also reportedly include Arsenal.

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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.

He is about to enter the final year of his contract after failing to sign a new five-year deal offered at the end of last year.

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.

It is reported that 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.