UNITED KINGDOM, June 18 – Tottenham and Southampton are edging closer to an agreement for Victor Wanyama to re-join his former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, according to Sky sources.
It is understood the Saints want to recoup the £12m they paid Celtic for the defensive midfielder in 2013, with Tottenham negotiating to pay slightly less for the 24-year-old, who has just a year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s.
Tottenham tried to sign the Kenya international last August when Wanyama told Ronald Koeman he wished to leave and re-join Pochettino, who signed him whilst boss on the south coast, but Southampton refused to sell.
Spurs are keen to sign a new central-midfield ‘destroyer’ this summer, as they prepare for a return to the Champions League, and they believe Wanyama fits the criteria of a young yet experienced player who can go straight into their first-team squad.
It is understood Celtic will benefit financially from a sell-on clause if the fee Southampton receive is at least £12m, but neither club would comment on Friday evening when asked about the deal.
-By Lyall Thomas & Fraser Robertson-