Report: Victor Wanyama desperate to seal Spurs transfer, contract extension snubbed


Victor Wanyama reportedly has no intention of signing a new contract with Southampton.

According to The Sun, Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has his heart set on a move to Tottenham, and will reject a contract extension to stay at the club.

Wanyama, 24, has been impressive for Southampton ever since his 2013 move from Celtic, and his gradual improvement - particularly in possession of the ball - has now seen him become one of the most dominant defensive midfielders in the Premier League.

The Kenyan international formed a superb partnership with Morgan Schneiderlin last season, but having watched on as the likes of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Toby Alderweireld, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert - as well as Schneiderlin himself - all get big moves away from St. Mary's Stadium, Wanyama is now seemingly keen on a transfer of his own.

Wanyama's former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino lodged a bid for the midfielder late in to the summer transfer window, though The Telegraph report that Southampton are refusing to do business with Tottenham over Wanyama, and subsequently rejected that bid.

Now, The Sun believe that Wanyama will reject a new deal on the South Coast in a desperate bid to force through a move to Spurs and a subsequent reunion with Pochettino, with an unnamed source saying: "It’s not in Victor’s interests to sign an extension. He loved working with Mauricio and would still like the move to happen." - but it's fair to say that the report is questionable at this stage.

Wanyama said just days ago that he wants to forget all about the failed move to Spurs and focus on playing for Southampton, as quoted by The Guardian, suggesting that he is more than happy to stay and play for Ronald Koeman's men.

The situation may gather pace again as we head closer to January, but Wanyama currently seems content at Southampton, whilst the emergence of Eric Dier in holding midfield at Tottenham means Pochettino may reconsider any move for Wanyama anyway, complicating the situation even more.

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