Matt Le Tissier offers surprising insight into Spurs' Wanyama pursuit

The ex Celtic man has been linked to White Hart Lane this summer, but the Southampton legend has suggested why that move was never likely to happen.

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has been one of the players most closely linked to Tottenham Hotspur in recent days, with the 24-year-old apparently eager to hook up with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettion, and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier discussed that interest during Sky Sports coverage of deadline day.

The Kenyan international submitted a transfer request in order to push through a move last week, said Sky, only to see it rejected by the South Coast club. There was some uncertainty as to whether he had joined up with his national team for the international break, as he looked to try and sort out his club future, but it is now reported that he has headed to meet up with his international teammates.

Le Tissier offered an interesting piece of inside knowledge on the North Londoner's pursuit of the former Celtic star, which if true, makes it completely understandable as to why a deal was never close to coming off.

"Wanyama got a little bit unsettled with all the talk about Tottenham," Le Tissier said on Sky Sports News. "But as far as I’m aware there was only one bid from Tottenham, which was quite a few weeks ago now.

"From what I’m aware, it was less than they paid Celtic for him so it was never going to be considered."

The fact Daniel Levy and Spurs attempted to buy a player for less than the Saints paid the Bhoys for him, said to be £12.5 million according to BBC Sport, despite him excelling in the Premier League, will certainly frustrate Tottenham fans who have been calling out for a genuine defensive midfield all summer.

Levy is renowned as a tough negotiator who is able to get good fees for his own players, but in recent years some of the big money purchases made at the club have struggled to make an impact.

But his pursuit of both Wanyama and the likes of Saido Berahino look like falling flat on account of offers that were never likely to tempt a side into selling one of their best players, especially as what could be seen as initial offers were not followed up with more agreeable bids. 

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