Tottenham are close to completing a £11m ($15m) deal for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama over the next few days. Mauricio Pochettino wants another defensive midfielder alongside Eric Dier and has earmarked the Kenyan as the man for the job, having signed him for the Saints in 2013.
The Sunday People reports that the Saints are resigned to losing Wanyama to Tottenham with the midfielder refusing to extend his contract, which expires next summer. The report states that negotiations over the midfielder have moved on considerably in the last few hours and a decision is likely to be reached imminently.
Wanyama does not have any international commitments to worry about and should be able to confirm the move if and when the clubs agree terms over his transfer. Spurs are set to play in the Champions League next season and the manager needs a fresh bunch of players in a bid to balance the work load in multiple competitions, something he did not have last season.
Pochettino is also in the market for a striker to provide back-up for Harry Kane and has been linked with a move for Vincent Janssen. The Dutch striker has scored 29 goals for AZ Alkmaar in all competitions and will add some much needed depth into Tottenham's striking department.
Meanwhile, Pochettino has lamented that his side were given a bitter pill to swallow last season as every other team in the league wanted to stop them from halting Leicester City's quest for glory. The Foxes went on to win the league, but Spurs finished third, one point behind arch rivals Arsenal.
"I have to admit that it was an added stress. Everyone was against us," the Argentine told Ocio News.
"The second placed team in the table were the team to beat, that is the first time in history that has happened. It was difficult to understand. I still do not understand it now. Everybody was too nice to Leicester -- we were the bad guys who wanted to ruin the fairytale story of Cinderella," he added.