Wanyama confirms Southampton exit; he’ll play in Champions League this year

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Victor Wanyama‘s time at Southampton served its purpose: get the 42-times-capped Kenyan international to the top of the Premier League and back into the UEFA Champions League, where he starred during his two seasons at Celtic.

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So where’s the 24-year-old midfield destroyer headed? Tottenham Hotspur, who will reportedly pay a fee just under $16 million. Wanyama himself was quoted on Saturday as confirming he’ll be leaving St. Mary’s Stadium this summer — quotes from African football website Soka25east.com:

“It’s always a tough moment leaving a club that you are so much used to their tradition and fans, but again it’s always the dream of any footballer to play at the very top level like the Champions League.

“I will definitely miss the awesome Southampton fans who always showed me love and I know they will fully understand my decision.”

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It was now-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino who brought Wanyama to Southampton in the summer of 2013, with the Argentine leaving for north London a year later. The two will now link back up at White Hart Lane, where midfield depth was and remains a clear concern.

Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele started 37 and 27 of 38 league games last season, respectively, with Ryan Mason forced into 22 appearances (eight starts) of his own when Dembele was unavailable through injuries and suspension (he’s banned for the first four games of the 2016-17 season). $16 million is a fee Spurs will be happy to pay in order to properly deputize Dier and Dembele, and keep Mason on the bench or out of the gameday squad altogether.