Report: Tottenham hope to tempt Southampton with player-plus-cash deal for Victor Wanyama

Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be keen on a reunion with the imposing midfielder.

Tottenham could use expensive flop Erik Lamela as a makeweight in a deal for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, according to the Daily Mail.

The Kenyan midfielder has made clear his desire to leave Saint Mary’s and handed a transfer request in on Saturday, as confirmed by his manager Ronald Koeman, in quotes published by the Mirror.

The Mail report that Spurs will offer a fee of £18 million with the Argentine included on a season-long loan, but Southampton remain adamant Wanyama will not be sold.

Successive summers have seen the Saints lose their key assets and they are reticent to let their midfield general go, after the sale of Morgan Schneiderlin.

Lamela’s inclusion in the deal will hardly be the most attractive proposition either, given his shortcomings in the Premier League, while the player’s agent has admitted - as quoted by the IB Times - that a departure from England is probably in the 23-year old’s best interests,.

Spurs are in the market for an experienced central midfielder and have been strongly linked with Axel Witsel in the last 24 hours, but Pochettino has the added benefit of working with Wanyama already and that fact could make him a priority.

Both players would be an upgrade to Tottenham's first XI and it remains to be seen whether either deal can be agreed before the close of the window.

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