The Beast Mk II: Have Tottenham finally found a replacement for cult hero Sandro?

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

Tottenham Hotspur are closing on signing Victor Wanyama.

Southampton's Victor Wanyama shoots at goalSouthampton's Victor Wanyama shoots at goal

Victor Wanyama is closing on a move to Tottenham Hotspur, with the BBC reporting this week a fee has been agreed with Southampton.

Wanyama will provide a physical presence to a Tottenham side, who already last season demonstrated their willingness to get tough with opponents when required.

At Spurs he could be a replacement for a popular played sold two years ago, Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who was allowed to leave for QPR.

Tottenham Hotspur's Sandro (L) and Benfica's Enzo Perez in actionTottenham Hotspur's Sandro (L) and Benfica's Enzo Perez in action

The trajectory of Sandro's career since his departure has made Tottenham's decision to let him go seem a wise one, but at the time it was controversial.

Sandro was nicknamed 'The Beast' by fans and had a real rapport with supporters. His displays in their Champions League campaign in 2010/11 were outstanding and right up until a serious knee injury sustained in early 2013, he was in superb form.

Celtic's Victor Wanyama takes on Barcelona's Andres IniestaCeltic's Victor Wanyama takes on Barcelona's Andres Iniesta

Potential new addition Wanyama has had the same label lauded upon him, with his former boss at Celtic, Neil Lennon hailing him after a Champions League fixture against Barcelona in 2012.

He told the Evening Times: "Victor Wanyama is world class. Just world class. Listen, in that company we had a beast in there."

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

Wanyama is an uncompromising tackler and like Sandro, is just as entertaining off the field too, as shown by his unexpected visit to the Kamiti Maximum Prison in Nairobi to talk to inmates last week, reported by SuperSport.

While Sandro leaving may have been the right move even if it was not a popular one, finally they may have found an ideal replacement.

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