Does this claim suggest that midfield duo could leave Tottenham?

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy reportedly tried to include Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in the Victor Wanyama deal with Southampton.

Ryan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham

According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur have struck a deal to sign Victor Wanyama from Southampton this summer.

It has been reported that two clubs have agreed on a transfer fee of £11 million, with the Kenya international midfielder to undergo a medical in the coming days.

It has also been reported that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy tried to include Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in the deal, but he was unsuccessful.

Southampton's Victor Wanyama shoots at goal

Spurs chairman had tried to sell either Ryan Mason or Nabil Bentaleb in part-exchange but neither player is likely to join Saints,” states the report.

Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb enjoyed successful seasons during the 2014-15 campaign, but they struggled with injuries and playing time last season.

Neither Mason nor Bentaleb is guaranteed a place in the Tottenham first team, and both have become squad players.

With Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in good form last season and the imminent arrival of 24-year-old Wanyama, the English and the Algerian midfielders would have to work extremely hard in order to get playing time for Tottenham next season.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

The claim that Levy wanted to include Mason or Bentaleb in the deal to sign Wanyama from Southampton suggests that the Spurs chairman considers the two midfielders surplus to requirements.

It is a clear indication that the North London outfit are open to offloading both players in the summer transfer window.

It would be harsh on the duo if they are let go this summer, but that is the harsh nature of modern football.

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch