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|Wanyama's fate sealed as Spurs insists he won't pay him for charity by Saocv(m): Mon Aug 2019 02:19pm|
Victor Wanyamas fate at Tottenham Hotspur appears sealed after manager Mauricio Pochettino said he will not accord him playtime because the club is not a charity.
Wanyama has not featured for the club this season and has consistently been linked with a move away from the London club before the end of this years transfer window on September 2.
PAST HIS BEST
Pochettino also appeared to suggest Wanyama is way past his best.
Victor is a very important player and for different circumstances went backwards. That is the evolution of football and things that happen naturally in all the clubs, Pochettino said.
If I dont play someone it is because I believe there is another in my opinion that is better, the Argentine manager further explained.
Pochettinos views notwithstanding, a number of clubs have expressed interest in the Haramabee Stars skipper, the latest being Belgian top side Club Brugge.
Family sources, who spoke to Nairobi Newsoff record, hinted that Wanyamas transfer to the Belgian side is 70% done.
The transfer fee payable to Tottenham in exchange for the 28-year-olds services is reportedly in the region of Sh1 billion upfront.
An additional Sh500 million could also be paid to the English club, depending on the number of appearances and the level of success Wanyama contributes for the club achieve on the pitch, especially in the UEFA Champions League during the course of his contract.
This amount represents a record transfer fee in Kenyan football circles and goes on to show the importance of the Kenyan government, Football Kenya Federation and other stakeholders investing in the youth through sports.
Wanyama joined Spurs from Southampton in 2016 but after an impressive start to his career in England, he has gradually slipped down the pecking order in his favourite defensive midfield position.
He is yet to start a match in the English Premier League this season.
Wanyamas absence has mostly been attributed to the consistent niggling injuries and fitness issues which have resulted in him missing about half of the clubs competitive matches in the past two seasons.
This is perhaps the reason Tottenham splashed out Sh10 billion in transfer fees to sign Tanguy Ndombele in July, and the Frenchman has since been preferred ahead of Wanyama in all matches.
English clubs West Ham and Wolves, Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Galatasaray an an unnamed French club have similarly expressed interest in signing Wanyama, but it now appears Brugge are in the driving seat for the 28-year-olds signature.
A return to Brugge, which finished second behind Racing Genk in Belgiums top-flight league last season, will represent a comeback of some sorts for Wanyama, who received his football education at the defunct Germinal Beerschort between 2008 and 2011.
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