Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was trying to bring Wanyama to White Hart Lane in the summer, and the Southampton midfielder has opened up on the transfer request he handed in whilst speaking to the Daily Mail.
The Kenyan midfielder said: “I don’t regret it, but I don’t want to have those experiences again. I want to forget it and to do that I need to help the team and the manager who has helped me as well. I definitely learned from it. I think it was perhaps an important experience. In football it’s normal for things like this to happen, but it shouldn’t have been like that I just want to focus on my football now and help the team.”
Wanyama has admitted that what he did was probably wrong, although the 24-year-old has no regrets about trying to force through a move to North London.
He handed in a transfer request in late August when Southampton were struggling for form, when it became clear that Pochettino wanted to reunite with the international star at Spurs.
The Mail report claims that he offered £18 million plus Erik Lamela to sign Wanyama, but Saints head coach Ronald Koeman rejected any offers, and Wanyama’s transfer request, urging him to earn a transfer away from St Mary’s Stadium rather than forcing one.
Since the end of the summer transfer window, Wanyama has established himself as a key figure in the Southampton starting XI - missing just one Premier League game since the start of September.
He is showing the kind of form expected of the Kenyan, and which has earned him rave reviews since arriving in the Premier League, and it appears as if Wanyama has taken Foeman's advice to earn a transfer away to heart.
Southampton would be unhappy to lose another key figure of their team after the recent transfer windows they have had to suffer through, but with form like this, it will be hard to keep Wanyama off the radar of the biggest Premier League clubs.