Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to sign Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama for 11 million pounds ($16.11 million), British media reported on Monday.
Wanyama heavily featured in the Premier League under Ronald Koeman, who was named Everton manager last week, making 29 starts as the club clinched sixth place to qualify for the Europa League.
The 24-year-old, who picked up three red cards last season which led to a five-match suspension, had also been in talks with Spurs last year before the deal fell through.
The Saints had hoped to tie down Wanyama to a new deal, with the player entering the final year of his contract, but British media reported that the Kenya international rejected the offers.
Wanyama, who is due to undergo a medical, will become the first Southampton player to be reunited with manager Mauricio Pochettino since his arrival at White Hart Lane in 2014.
Monday's deal also means Wanyama will become Tottenham's first signing during the close season, as Pochettino will look to build on last season's third place finish.
Wanyama has just a year remaining on his Southampton contract and it is understood that former club Celtic would benefit financially from a sell-on clause if the Saints recouped the full £12 million they paid for him in 2013, Sky Sports reported.
The imposing central midfielder made 85 league appearances for Saints, scoring four times.
Pochettino has wanted extra quality in central midfield, as he prepares to take the club into the Champions League and Wanyama will provide that. If the deal comes through, the manager will have the option to play him alongside Eric Dier in what would be a powerful partnership, according to a Guardian report.
The Guardian also said that Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino are also on Pochettino's list of targets to provide support for Harry Kane in front of goal. The Argentine could also listen to offers for Ryan Mason, with Bournemouth having shown an interest in him.
(With inputs from Reuters)
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Updated Date: Jun 21, 2016 03:38:09 IST