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Victor Wanyama bids farewell to Southampton

Kenyan international midfielder, Victor Wanyama, has bid farewell to his former club Southampton after passing a medical at Tottenham, according to English paper The Sun.

As a result, the Harambee Stars captain will become Mauricio Pochettino’s first summer signing for Spurs.

Wanyama’s move is estimated to be in the region of Sh2 billion, with the player’s pay package set to rise from the current Sh11 million monthly — which he earned at St Mary’s — to Sh35 million gross and Sh20 million net in a four-year deal.

“I am indeed elated at passing my medicals at Tottenham. It is a new dawn in my career and I believe I will give my best for my new team,” The Sun reported Wanyama telling


“I want to thank Southampton’s management and fans for the exceptional time we had together. I will always have a fond place for them in my heart.”

Besides the big money involved, Wanyama will make history as the first East African to play for a Champions League club in England and the first Kenyan to do so with two clubs.

By virtue of finishing third last season in the Barclays Premier League, Spurs are guaranteed an automatic spot in the 2016/17 Uefa Champions League calendar.

In accomplishing the feat, Wanyama who saw action in the Uefa Champions League during his time at Scottish side Celtic, will also be following in the footsteps of his elder brother, MacDonald Mariga, who won the trophy with Inter Milan back in 2010.