Tottenham are reportedly rekindling their interest in Victor Wanyama.
Wanyama, 25, joined Southampton from Celtic back in the summer of 2013, and was in fact lured to the South Coast by now-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Having immediately become a key player under Pochettino, the Kenyan international has gone from strength to strength this season, and is now one of the Premier League's top defensive midfielders.
Unfortunately for Southampton, they have lost a host of big name players over the last two years; Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Toby Alderweireld, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert have all departed in one way or another, and Wanyama could follow them.
The Daily Mail report that Tottenham - who failed in an £18m bid to sign Wanyama last summer - are back in for the midfield powerhouse again, and hope to finally persuade Southampton into selling him.
Spurs do have a number of midfielders, and whilst Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll offer some depth, Pochettino doesn't have cover for his midfield protector Eric Dier. The England international sits in front of the back four and breaks play up with his power and reading of the game, whilst he can also slot into a back three between two centre backs if needs be.
Wanyama can not only do that, but he was developed in that role by Pochettino. As a midfield destroyer, Wanyama could be the perfect cover for Dier, which is something Spurs will need if they are to compete in both the Premier League and the Champions League, as no other player in the Tottenham squad can replicate Dier's role.
The big concern will be Wanyama's discipline. Tottenham are one of just two teams to have not had a player sent off in the Premier League this season, along with Manchester City, whilst Wanyama has three on his own.
Pochettino won't tolerate such impetuous behaviour from Wanyama if he does finally sign him, and if he can take that rash streak out of his game, Tottenham could make a vital signing this summer.
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