LONDON, United Kingdom, May 19 – Southampton are anticipating Victor Wanyama to be tempted away from the club this summer, according to Sky sources.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder was understood to be a transfer target for Tottenham last August but no bid was made due to the Saints’ refusal to sell.
Relations between Spurs and Southampton are understood to be difficult after the north London club swooped to sign Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid last summer, while Southampton believed they already had a deal in place to sign to Belgium international.
The Kenya international has had an excellent season for Saints, making 35 appearances, and was superb under Mauricio Pochettino on the south coast before the former Espanyol boss moved to manage Tottenham in 2014.
And Wanyama, who joined Southampton from Celtic in a Sh1.8 billion (£12.5m) deal in 2013, is about to move into the final year of his contract, having failed to sign a new five-year deal that was offered last September.
Sky sources also understand that Southampton are anticipating striker Graziano Pelle could agitate for a move, after the 30-year-old scored 14 goals in 36 appearances this season.
Southampton want to add a right-winger to their squad and also have possible replacements lined up should they lose Wanyama or Pelle.