Victor Wanyama is optimistic Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, linked with Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, will stay with Southampton beyond the summer transfer window. The Kenyan midfielder has also lamented the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, which could lead to a number of Saints players leaving for Tottenham.
Southampton are enduring a period of uncertainty at present with numerous key players attracting interest following a season in which the club finished eighth in the Premier League. Along with Shaw and Lallana, there has also been speculation about Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dejan Lovren.
Shaw and Lallana, however, remain the most likely to leave St Mary’s, with Manchester United and Liverpool reported to have made formal bids for the players. Both players are currently on England duty, and it could be that they return from the World Cup with Old Trafford and Anfield their respective homes.
Wanyama, though, is hopeful they two players in particular will remain with Southampton, although it may be that the offers prove too lucrative for the club to reject. Manchester United, it is claimed, are prepared to pay £30 million for Shaw, while Lallana could fetch £25 million from Liverpool.
He told Capital FM Kenya: “I don't want the pair to leave since we can build a successful team together at Southampton."
Wanyama, meanwhile, described the exit of Pochettino as a ‘big blow’ after the Argentine signed a five-year deal to succeed Tim Sherwood as the manager of Spurs. Following his appointment at White Hart Lane, Spurs have been linked with their own respective moves for Lallana and Rodriguez.