Victor Wanyama has said he “will miss the awesome Southampton fans” after reportedly clinching a move to Tottenham.
The 24-year-old midfielder, speaking to African website Soka25east.com, said he hoped fans would “fully understand” why he could be the first big name to leave St Mary’s in the wake of Ronald Koeman’s departure.
The Kenyan enforcer is on the verge of again linking up with Mauricio Pochettino – the man in charge at St Mary’s when Wanyama joined from Celtic in the summer of 2013 for around £12million.
Widespread reports on Saturday claimed the two clubs were close to an agreement with Saints looking to recoup the £12million they paid Celtic. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, a notoriously tough negotiator, is looking to pay less for the player who has just a year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s, but a deal is expected to be struck within the next 48 hours.
“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 Champions League ”
“I will definitely miss the awesome Southampton fans who always showed me love and I know they will fully understand my decision “ Wanyama told Soka25east.com
Wanyama has made 97 appearances for Saints in all competitions in his three seasons at St Mary’s, scoring four goals and receiving three red cards – all of which were last season.