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Tottenham target tells Southampton he wants White Hart Lane transfer

Southampton enforcer Victor Wanyama has told his south-coast employers that he wants to join Tottenham, according to Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has impressed over the course of his two seasons at St Mary’s but has also watched on as a host of talented team-mates have gone on to secure ‘high-profile’ moves to the Premier League ‘elite’.

Southampton paid Celtic £12.5m for Wanyama (via the Daily Mirror) and the Kenyan international has matured into a top Premier League performer and could offer Mauricio Pochettino some real quality in the centre of the park.

Pochettino has opted to use Eric Dier in a defensive midfield role this season and whilst the Englishman has not been disastrous it’s clear Wanyama would be a more suitable fit for the spot.

Last season the Tottenham manager used Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb as his regular central midfield options and the North London side have successfully purged a number of alternative, under-performing, members of the White Hart Lane squad over the summer.

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Spurs have sold Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli and Lewis Holtby and as such have trimmed their available midfield options, leaving room for much needed quality additions.

Pochettino knows Wanyama well from his time in charge at Southampton and would hope to bring in the tough tackler to help boost his side’s chances of securing a coveted top four finish.

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