Takeaways from Southampton's U-turn over Tottenham and Victor Wanyama

Southampton's Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring their third goal

Southampton's willingness to deal with Tottenham after reportedly vowing not to, shows repaired relationships, and the North London club's elevated status.

Tottenham's Danny Rose in action against Southampton's Victor WanyamaTottenham's Danny Rose in action against Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Victor Wanyama from Southampton, with SkySports reporting he has undergone a medical ahead of a £11 million switch.

He will rejoin former boss Mauricio Pochettino, and Southampton's readiness to sanction a deal represents somewhat of a U-turn.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Chelsea manager Guus HiddinkTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

The Telegraph reported last September after last summer's transfer window closed, that the Saints would not sell Wanyama to Tottenham specifically - under any circumstances.

The report stated: "Southampton are adamant that they will not sell Victor Wanyama to Tottenham Hotspur next year for any price and have also become extremely reluctant to do business with Spurs for any player.

"Like several other Premier League clubs, Southampton have grown exasperated with Tottenham during various recent dealings although their principal reason for refusing to sell them players is that they regard Mauricio Pochettino’s team as a direct rival."

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaTottenham's Harry Kane in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

The fee of £11 million is below the £20 million Spurs were willing to pay last summer - if Southampton had given them any encouragement.

The agreement shows a repaired relationship between the two clubs at boardroom level, while Southampton may simply be thinking more practically, with Wanyama having one year left on his contract and willing to move, Spurs' offer may simply have been a case of good timing from the Saints point of view.

More significant though was Tottenham's league placing last season. The Telegraph reported that Southampton did not want to sell to Spurs as they saw them as rivals.

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

In 2014/15, Tottenham finished two places about the Saints, separated by just four points.

Last season while Southampton again finished inside the top seven, Tottenham made a big leap, climbing to third place, and considered credible title challengers until three games to go.

Now a Champions League club, Southampton can no longer claim to be on the same playing field as Spurs, and this made denying Wanyama's desire to move to the club far more difficult. For Tottenham it is the first reward, potentially of several, for their top four placing.

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