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With Spurs desperate to get rid, West Ham should swoop for Victor Wanyama

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With Spurs desperate to get rid, West Ham should swoop for Victor Wanyama

Spurs are apparently desperate to get rid of Victor Wanyama, with the club looking to move on the former Celtic and Southampton midfielder.

According to reports, Spurs are set to be forced to lower their £7m valuation of the Kenyan, in the hope of attracting a potential buyer.

Victor Wanyama

MUNICH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 11: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on December 11, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Wanyama has been firmly out of favour for the North London outfit. Under Jose Mourinho, he has failed to make any sort of impact on the squad.

In fact, he’s failed to make a single matchday squad since the end of September.

However, Wanyama is still only 28-years-old and could well offer something to a number of Premier League clubs.

One of those clubs is West Ham. With David Moyes desperate to add new faces, Wanyama might be a welcome addition to the Hammers’ ranks.

Pressure off Declan Rice

The consensus around West Ham is that young Declan Rice is one of their best players. There’s little argument to be had either.

Rice has performed consistently well alongside Mark Noble in midfield. However, he’s still a very young man, so adding another body capable of playing central midfield could suit the Hammers.

Declan Rice

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Moise Kean of Everton competes with Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton FC at London Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Wanyama has bags of Premier League experience. Under Mauricio Pochettino, he was a regular with Spurs for a number of seasons.

 

Furthermore, the Kenyan star will be chomping at the bit to prove he can still compete in the English top-flight.

Every so often a player just seems to drift out of favour. This seems to be the case with Wanyama.

A fresh start, then, with the Hammers could well provide some much-needed impetus for both club and player.

Tough tackler

Wanyama has been known throughout his career as something of a midfield powerhouse.

During his best spell with Spurs, he won 90 of an attempted 130 tackles. Prior to that with Southampton, he won an impressive 94 from 129 attempts. (Whoscored)

Those are impressive stats for a midfield player. With Mark Noble and Rice doing a lot of the donkey work for the Hammers, Wanyama could bring a lot to the table with those sorts of numbers.

As West Ham look for someone to provide a bit of spark and fight in their season, Wanyama could be ideal.

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