According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Victor Wanyama could be set for a move away this month. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Tottenham and has done so since leaving Southampton back in 2016, although injury problems and thus a lack of regular game time under Mauricio Pochettino this season has called his future at the club into question.
And reports suggest that the North London outfit are seeking to offload the Kenya international during the January transfer window, which should be of keen interest to West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini as he seeks the answer to his central midfield conundrum.
Ultimately, the East London club let Cheikhou Kouyate leave for Crystal Palace during the summer transfer window, and while the Senegal international didn’t always convince in the middle of the park, his exit did leave something of a gaping hole in that area of the field.
Yes, Pellegrini sought to bring the likes of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez to the London Stadium in a bid to plug that gap, although injury problems look set to decimate the pair’s season to leave the Chilean still searching for answers in that area of the pitch.
Declan Rice’s meteoric rise has certainly been timely, but further strength does appear needed in that department if the Hammers are to continue their march up the Premier League table, a march that has stuttered somewhat with two defeats and a draw in their last four matches.
And Tottenham’s Wanyama, who looks set to leave the club during the January window, appears to provide the answer to that midfield puzzle.
The 27-year-old made the move to Spurs in 2016 as a result of three impressive seasons at fellow Premier League side Southampton, and the Kenyan took that fine form into his first campaign in North London in striking up a sensational partnership with Mousa Dembele in the heart of Pochettino’s midfield.
Wanyama appeared 36 times in the Premier League in the 2016/17 season as Spurs finished second in the division behind champions Chelsea, with the ex-Celtic star one man in particular who shone in that mightily impressive campaign from Pochettino’s side, their last one at White Hart Lane.
And while he hasn’t been able to hit the heights since then, with injuries curtailing his progress in the last few years, one simply mustn’t forget the level he reached at both Southampton and indeed Spurs in years gone by – he would make a big difference to Pellegrini’s midfield options at West Ham.
Clearly, the Hammers are on their way up under the former Manchester City chief, but there are still some areas of the squad that need addressing before the East London outfit can begin regularly competing for the European spots – the central midfield department falls into that category.
And with Wanyama reportedly set for a move away from Spurs in the near future, West Ham must seek to lure him across the capital to finally give Pellegrini an answer to his midfield conundrum.
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