Southampton remain insistent that Victor Wanyama will not leave the club in this transfer window, despite heavy interest from Tottenham.
The Saints have seen a number of big name players and key figures depart over the last two seasons, and are now adamant that they are no longer in a position financially where they are forced to sell players in order to balance the books.
Reports in The Daily Mail however suggest that Wanyama himself is looking to make the move across to Tottenham, and has made his wishes very clear to the club.
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They also suggest that if the midfielder does not see his request granted he is more than willing to sit out the remainder of his contract, which currently only has two years remaining on it, before leaving the club on a free transfer.
With recent reports valuing Wanyama at around £18 million, this means not only would Southampton have to continue paying him his reported £40,000 a week wages, but they would also miss out on roughly £173,000 a week; the potential £18 million transfer fee divided between the remaining two years left on his contract.
Wanyama joined the south coast club in a reported £12 million club record deal from Celtic in 2013, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.
Making a total of 65 appearances at the club, 57 of which were in the Premier League, Wanyama was a key part of Southampton’s success last term, helping the club to very respectable 7th place finish in the League.
He also notably scored in Southampton’s 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland last term, as well as scoring from 40 yards just two weeks later in a game against Hull that the visitors won 1-0.