Tottenham close on Wanyama, Sanabria deals: What it means

Sporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goal

Tottenham are reportedly closing in on a double deal for Victor Wanyama and Antonio Sanabria.

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

Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a double deal to sign Victor Wanyama and Antonio Sanabria.

African website Soka25East reported that Kenyan midfielder Wanyama has passed his medical and is expected to complete his move imminently.

Gazetta dello Sport report young striker Antonio Sanabria has agreed a fee and personal terms to sign with Tottenham.

Sporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goalSporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goal

Here are five things the moves signify...

Spurs are continuing to invest in young, talented players

Wanyama may seem like he has been around a while but he is only 24-years-old. His best years are ahead of him and he looks set to spend them at Tottenham.

Sanabria is just 20 and is still raw in terms of development but he could be a star for years to come, once prolific in Barcelona's youth system. 

Tottenham's strategy of investing in young, hungry players appears to be continuing and that is a positive sign about their intent.

Another striker is still likely to arrive

Antonio Sanabria is potentially an excellent addition, but he is better defined as one for the future than one for right now.

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for NetherlandsVincent Janssen scores the first goal for Netherlands

Spurs do not have the financial muscle to blow multi-millions on a Gonzalo Higuain or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it is likely they will still make one more move for a more moderately priced striker like Vincent Janssen, who is already a regular Dutch international.

Should this transpire, the fact Spurs will have signed two and not one striker to back up Harry Kane is highly encouraging.

Acknowledgement midfield was not strong enough

Tottenham's midfield trio of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele is among the best in the league, but are Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Nabil Bentaleb up to standard behind them?

Tottenham's Ryan Mason clashes with Chelsea's Diego CostaTottenham's Ryan Mason clashes with Chelsea's Diego Costa

Based on performances in the latter half of 2015/16 the answer is no, and Tottenham's signing of Wanyama will signify that they have identified this as an area which was not strong enough.

With all three first choice players involved at Euro 2016, and Dembele being suspended for the opening three matches, having Wanyama available from the start of the campaign is ideal.

Spine of the team gets better

Tottenham's strength has been the spine of their team, from Hugo Lloris in goal right through to Harry Kane up front. 

Adding Wanyama and Sanabria strengthens two key positions in the team spine, up front and in central midfield.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the match

It shows head coach Mauricio Pochettino's priority to ensure his team maintain control of games and offer a threat in attack, and gives them an ability to better compete in multiple competitions as they rotate the squad, hopefully without much drop off in performance.

Tottenham know a bargain when they see one

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is known for driving a hard bargain when it comes to selling players, but the Wanyama deal in particular shows once again he can spot a good deal too.

£11 million is an outrageously good fee for a player who has plenty of Premier League experience, has played in the Champions League, and has his best years ahead of him, and to complete it under the radar and ahead of their rivals is an astute piece of business. 

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