Victor Wanyama to undergo Spurs medical - so Arsenal fans compare him to Granit Xhaka

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Victor Wanyama looks all set to complete his move to Tottenham, with Sky Sports reporting that a deal has been agreed and the Kenyan is flying to London to complete a medical.

Southampton are believed to have accepted a bid of between £11million and £12million for the midfielder, who will once again link up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane. 

He has been on Tottenham's radar since last summer when Southampton refused him the move, but without a permanent manager at St Mary's, they have been unable to stop him leaving this time around. 


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Strengthening the midfield

Wanyama will bring backup for regular central midfielders Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, with Spurs also needing rotation options as they prepare for their upcoming Champions League campaign. 

The former Celtic player, who famously scored the opening goal in the Hoops' win over Barcelona - a good omen perhaps - has come at a bargain price because he had just one year left to run on his Southampton contract. 

His arrival could well spell the end of Nabil Bentaleb's time at the club while Ryan Mason has also been linked with a move away which looks all the more likely now. 

The comparisons begin

Spurs fans will no doubt be pleased they've strengthened, but they've quickly been put in check by Arsenal supporters who have been quick to make some unflattering comparisons with their own new signing Granit Xhaka. 

Spurs fans have been trying to defend their incoming midfielder, but it may be a question of them having to let his football do the talking.

The similarities 

One big difference, of course, is that Wanyama is proven in the Premier League, while Xhaka has been plying his trade in the Swiss league. Still, tell that to these Arsenal fans who are rather enjoying the moment. To be fair, Xhaka's also been putting in some top performances at Euro 2016 to show he is capable at the highest level. 

One interesting stat that Wanyama and Xhaka do share is that they both received three red cards last season - no-one received more than that across any of the European top flights during that period. 

Waynama, at the very least, is value for money, but it will certainly be interesting to see how the pair perform when they go head-to-head in next season's north London derbies. 

Who's better - Victor Wanyama or Granit Xhaka? Have your say in the comments. 

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