Victor Wanyama nears Southampton switch
Southampton transfer news: Victor Wanyama set to complete Saints move within the next 48 hours
Southampton are edging closer to completing the signing of 22-year-old Kenyan midfielder, Victor Wanyama.
According to Sky Sports, the Celtic star will travel to the south coast on Wednesday evening, where the final details of a transfer will be thrashed out.
It was thought that Wanyama, who was initially reluctant to move to Southampton, was holding out for an opportunity to join one of the Premier League's elite, with both Arsenal and Manchester United having been linked in the past.
However, with no other bids forthcoming, the midfielder has agreed to join Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Wanyama has enjoyed a fantastic two seasons at Celtic Park following his move from Belgium in 2011, catching the eye over the past 12 months in the Champions League, with the Kenyan having a huge impact in matches against Barcelona.
Wanyama is known for his power and ability to force his way through an opposition's midfield, as well as being strong in the tackle - which is something Southampton will welcome to complement the less combative styles of Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse.
It was believed that Southampton's initial interest in the player had cooled following a failure to agree personal terms, however it is believed this has been resolved and the player should officially sign by the end of the week.
The fee agreed is thought to be around the £13 million mark, with Southampton continuing their recent trend of spending significant amounts of money to entice big-name players such as Gaston Ramirez to the club, which is particularly impressive when you consider last season was their first back in the Premier League following a seven-year absence.
Pochettino illustrated his managerial style and ability in the short spell he had in charge of Southampton last season following Nigel Adkins' dismissal, and by the end of the season we saw the Saints playing a very expansive style of football which revolved around quick movement and short, crisp passes.
While this wasn't too different to Nigel Adkins' style, the Argentinian tactician incorporated a pressing game when off the ball, which Adkins had failed to do.
The addition of Wanyama will only further improve this, with the Kenyan possessing the power and the speed across short distances to work within a pressing game effectively.
With Wanyama improving at a very quick rate following his move to Scotland from Beerschot AC, it may well be the case that Manchester United and Arsenal will wait to see how he adapts to the Premier League with Southampton before deciding whether or not he has improved enough to be of the required quality for their club's in the future.
What we can be sure of, however, is that Southampton are getting a highly-talented midfield player who has shown he can cut it at the highest level.
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