Ronald Koeman compares how Victor Wanyama and Saido Berahino handled their failed Tottenham moves

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Both players were reportedly eager to make the switch to White Hart Lane, but were thwarted by their clubs.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has, in quotes carried by ITV Sport, compared the attitudes of Victor Wanyama and Saido Berahino after both were the subject of interest from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The Baggies striker threatened strike action in a deadline day tweet in an effort to force through a move, as covered by the Telegraph, but finds himself stuck at the Hawthorns for the next four months at least.

Wanyama was also keen to make the switch to White Hart Lane and even had a transfer request rejected - reported on by the Daily Mirror - but didn’t go to the same lengths as the England Under-21 international.

The Kenyan has now returned to Saints training and is fully focused on the task at hand.

"It's always dangerous to say like Berahino you never will play more for your club, you have to respect the fans, to respect the team and the team-mates," said Koeman, in quotes published by ITV Sport.

"But Victor didn't say anything about that… Victor said he would like to move, but now he has accepted he will stay, and I think that's the good way.”

It’s been a bad summer as far as player power is concerned with the likes of Wanyama, Berahino and John Stones all being denied the moves they desire.

Just how long their current clubs can stand firm is another matter entirely and the January transfer window is sure to be another huge test of their resolve.

In Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert, West Brom have quality cover for Berahino and his exit wouldn’t have been too big a blow.

The importance of Wanyama, however, cannot be understated, and after a summer that has seen the Saints lose one midfield general in Morgan Schneiderlin, they need their second-in-command back fit and firing.

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