New Spurs star Wanyama talked up Arsenal move only last summer

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

The former Southampton midfielder has been a regular courter of moves in transfer windows, but according to a report, was angling for a switch to the Emirates 12 months ago.

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

Tottenham Hotspur last night concluded their first bit of transfer business of the summer, securing the signing of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton, but reports from the likes of the Mirror last summer suggest the 24-year-old was pursuing a move to a very different London club only a year ago.

The Mirror published quotes from Wanyama telling a Kenyan TV show that he was open to a move to Arsenal.

"It would be nice to move to Arsenal," the Mirror article, which came out last June, quotes him as saying.

"But at this moment such decisions can only be made by Southampton and that is where my concentration as a player is."

Southampton's Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring their third goalSouthampton's Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring

Wanyama would stay one more year at the Saints, helping them to their highest ever Premier League finish of sixth.

Of course, such is the nature of the transfer market that there are always players angling for moves or declaring interest to other clubs, sometimes as a method of negotiating an improved contract at their existing team.

And that is dependent on whether the many quotes that emerge in the press, purportedly from the players themselves, ever occurred in the first place.

Alexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor WanyamaAlexis Sanchez fights for the ball with Victor Wanyama

But Spurs supporters who may shrink at seeing their new signing apparently courting a move to their deadly rivals only 12 months ago can take solace in one thing.

Few would have predicted that England striker Jamie Vardy would have snubbed Arsenal's approach in order to remain at Leicester, as has been reported.

Transfer pluses and blows, big and small, come along to all clubs, and the fiercest of enemies can be ribbed by their rivals just as soon as they dish it out. Spurs fans will just be happy to have gotten their man.

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