Tottenham might be about to complete the smartest deal of the summer with Victor Wanyama

Manchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama is reportedly close to completing a switch to White Hart Lane.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaManchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Recent reports – including one in the Mirror – have claimed that Spurs are close to finalising a deal for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama - and it may well prove to be the smartest business of the summer.

The Kenyan has been long-linked with Spurs and if they can finally manage to get a deal over the line they will be addressing two key issues within their squad.

Swansea's Andre Ayew in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaSwansea's Andre Ayew in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

First and foremost, Wanyama will be acting as cover for Eric Dier in holding midfield and will ensure that a true defensive mind remains in the centre of the pitch should the England international be absent for whatever reason.

Beyond that, Wanyama’s arrival provides much needed cover for Toby Alderweireld at right-centre back. Spurs are well stocked on the left side with Kevin Wimmer covering Jan Vertonghen, but they were fortunate that Alderweireld stayed fit all season with no adequate back-up in place.

Tottenham's Eric Dier shoots at goalTottenham's Eric Dier shoots at goal

Eric Dier can play there but a true defensive presence is then lost in central midfield meaning that would have been an undesirable situation last season.

If Wanyama does sign however, Spurs can allow Dier to drop back with the Kenyan taking up defensive midfield duties.

It should also be noted that the Southampton man began his career as a centre-back before moving into midfield, so Mauricio Pochettino would have welcome flexibility in how he reacts to an Alderweireld absence.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The reported price tag of £11 million is also a steal, given current market conditions, and it would be one of Daniel Levy’s finest pieces of business if he can get it done.

Solving the defensive issue early in the summer - and at a low cost -  will allow Spurs to focus on securing their targets in attacking areas and ensure they go into the season ready to compete on all fronts.

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