Victor Wanyama is delaying his potential move to Club Brugge until after the second leg of the Belgian club’s Champions League play-off match against LASK, according to reports.
The Kenyan midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham, with Mauricio Pochettino admitting that the former Southampton man had “gone backwards” during his time with the London club.
After Bournemouth and West Ham failed to complete a move before the English deadline, a transfer to Brugge has been widely speculated in recent days, with Soccer Link in France claiming a €15m bid was being prepared to take Wanyama back to Belgium, where he previously played for the now-defunct Beerschot.
However, the Evening Standard warn that Wanyama’s move may fall through if Brugge fail to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
Brugge claimed a 1-0 victory over Austrian counterparts LASK in the first leg of their play-off match, and while they have home advantage in the second leg, their qualification for the group stages is not confirmed yet.
The chance to play in the Champions League would be a major factor for Wanyama, who was an unused substitute as Spurs lost in the final to Liverpool last season.
Therefore, he will wait until their fate is confirmed, with the second leg taking place on Wednesday, before making his final decision.
The Standard also clarify that Brugge’s offer to Spurs was worth £8m, which did not match the Premier League side’s £17m valuation, while the Daily Record say that they have offered the midfielder a contract worth £65,000-per-week, which would make him the best paid player in their history, and also ruled former club Celtic out of contention to sign him.
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