Koeman responds to questions over Victor Wanyama's happiness since failed Spurs move

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman claims Victor Wanyama is happy at Southampton.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the Daily Echo that Victor Wanyama is happy at the club right now, having failed to join Tottenham over the summer.

The Kenyan midfielder, 24, has been superb for Southampton ever since signing from Celtic back in 2013, and has established himself as one of the most physically dominant midfielders in the Premier League.

Those performances attracted interest in Wanyama's signature, with the Daily Mail reporting that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino - who brought Wanyama to England in the first place - was hoping to reunite with the midfielder at White Hart Lane.

However, having lost the likes of Calum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Toby Alderweireld, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert recently, the Saints stood firm and told Wanyama that he was staying on the South Coast.

The transfer deadline passed in September, leaving Wanyama to focus on his career with Southampton - though many wondered just how committed he would be given that he had seen his move to Spurs fall apart.

Now though, Saints boss Ronald Koeman - speaking to the Daily Echo ahead of today's game against Bournemouth - has responded to questions over Wanyama's happiness with Southampton, stating that right now, he is content and settled having had a conversation about that failed move to Tottenham.

"At the moment yes. You never know," said Koeman. "It’s good, he’s happy at the moment. He had his problems in the pre-season and we spoke about it and he put it back and he is what he did before for the club, working hard for the team," he added.

Whether Spurs make a renewed bid to sign Wanyama in January or next summer remains to be seen, but it's clear that Pochettino is a big fan of his - and having lost so many players recently, Southampton are bound to stand firm should Spurs come calling again.

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