Victor Wanyama says he has completed his medical with Tottenham Hotspur and is now poised to join the club from Southampton. Wanyama, 24, is set to be reunited with former manager Mauricio Pochettino, who brought the player to the Premier League from Celtic three years ago.
Southampton have been eager to recoup the £12m ($13m) they paid Celtic for the powerful midfielder in 2013, but Tottenham are hopeful of agreeing a fee for just below that asking price, according to Sky Sports News.
Speaking to soka25east.com, the Kenya international confirmed his move was agreed, thanking Southampton fans after two seasons at St Mary's.
"I am indeed elated at passing my medical at Tottenham, it is a new dawn in my career and I believe I will give my best for my new team," he said. "I want to thank Southampton management and fans for the exceptional time we had together, I will always have a fond place for them in my heart."
Pochettino tried to sign Wanyama last summer, but having already lost Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United, Southampton refused to sell.
The powerhouse midfielder then attempted to force through a move to White Hart Lane, handing in a transfer request which was subsequently rejected by then-Southampton boss Ronald Koeman. Wanyama was then dropped for the 3-0 victory over Norwich City in August and declared not "mentally and physically good enough to play", before being restored to the side two weeks later.
Wanyama will become Tottenham's first signing of the summer transfer window with Pochettino eager to add to his squad after his side's title challenge fell short last season.
Tottenham had attempted to bring another midfielder to the club this summer, tabling an offer for German midfielder Sebastian Rode. But Rode turned down the offer from north London, instead opting for boyhood club Borussia Dortmund.