It's a little early to talk of January transfers, of course. But, when you're in Tottenham's position - having not completed several deals that simply needed to be done in August - it makes sense to plan ahead to avoid a repeat of the same problems
And that is said to have prompted a big contract offer from the St Mary's outfit.
Who will prevail?
Leaving a deal for the Southampton midfielder until January may hurt Tottenham far more than spending a few extra million on him will have done. The north London side have been left short of midfield options, with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb out of sorts and Pochettino appearing afraid to start Dele Alli in midfield alongside Eric Dier - who, despite showing solid form, is out of position anyway.
But, if Southampton were simply unprepared to sell, there is little Spurs could have done. Wanyama's reported desire to leave, meanwhile, could leave the Saints in an equally weak position come January, when they may be forced to sell if they want a good enough offer and the midfielder still hasn't signed a new deal.