Speculation linking Victor Wanyama with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur has been more rampant during the current European summer transfer window with Belgian outfit Club Brugge emerging as the Harambee Stars captain’s latest suitors.
Wanyama has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and it is understood that the Premier League outfit are looking to cash in on the defensive midfielder who has started only 47 league games in his three years at the club.
One billion shillings
Reports in England now claim that 15 time Belgian champions, Brugge have opened talks with Spurs over the transfer of Wanyama who has two years remaining on his initial five year deal signed in 2016 and are willing to pay up to 8 million pounds (Kshs 1B) for the 28 year old.
Injuries have hindered Wanyama’s progress for the last two seasons with head coach Mauricio Pochettino seeming to have lost patience in the former Celtic FC midfielder as has been shown by the club’s record purchase of French midfielder Tanguay Ndombele and the promotion to the first team of 18 year old academy graduate Oliver Skipp.
In Spurs’ two league matches this season, Wanyama has not featured and only made the bench for the league opener against Aston Villa. He was not included in the squad for the 2-2 draw against defending league champions Manchester City with Pochettino’s preference of Skipp, who was introduced late in the game as Spurs secured the point, an even heavier indictment on Wanyama.
If indeed he does leave Spurs and the EPL, Wanyama will do so having etched his name in the history books as the first East African to have played in the prestigious English league. He moved to the EPL in 2013, joining Southampton from Scottish heavyweights Celtic.
Aside from Brugge, Wanyama has also been linked with Bournemouth, Galatasaray, AS Roma and Westham in the past.