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Victor Wanyama in trouble! Reports emerge that Tottenham now want to terminate his contract

PREMIER LEAGUE By Waweru Titus | February 3rd 2020 | 3 min read
Harambee Stars captain Victor Mugubi Wanyama. [Courtesy]

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama is in trouble with reports emerging that Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur want to terminate his contract.

According to the Sun, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho wanted to offload Wanyama in the just ended January transfer window but interested clubs were put off by his salary demands.

Reports indicate that things could go south for the Kenyan because the North London club could now terminate his contract.

Wanyama has lost his place in Mourinho’s plans as plenty of central midfield options are available with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, and Eric Dier. Injuries and his match fitness concerns have not helped the midfielder either.

The ‘Lion of Muthurwa’ as he (Wanyama) is popularly known by Kenyans has not started a single Premier League game in the 2019/20 season.

The former Southampton star has been restricted to just four appearances this campaign, playing a total of 122 minutes.

Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - April 13, 2019 Tottenham's Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring their first goal. [REUTERS/Eddie Keogh ]

Spurs have reportedly tried to sell him on in the last two summers but to no avail. He has 18 months left on his contract.

Wanyama, who was signed by former manager Mauricio Pochettino for £11.5million (Sh2 billion) in 2016, made 47 appearances in his first season at Tottenham but only 24 the following term as his popularity under the Argentine dwindled.

If Tottenham terminates the contract, he will move out as a free agent.

Before the January transfer window deadline, Mourinho revealed it was difficult for the club to find suitors for the defensive midfielder.

“In my eyes I see more the team going to the future with young Harry Winks, English, young, national team player. I see more the team going in that direction. We also did a great investment on Tanguy Ndombele which sooner or later has to arrive at certain levels of performance.

“So it is not easy for Victor. But staying with us, if he stays and normally he stays, working hard like he does every day, untouchable on his commitment and professionalism. If he stays with us he is always on my plans.

“At this moment we don’t have any offers, we don’t have Victor knocking on our door asking to leave,” said Mourinho.

Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (L) vies with Liverpool's Belgian striker Daniel Origi during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on October 25, 2015. [AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF]

Wanyama was linked with a move to European clubs such as West Ham, Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina, Amiens, Lazio, Celtic, Norwich City Aston Villa and Galatasaray.

Wanyama became the first-ever Kenyan player to score in the UEFA Champions League when he scored the first goal in Celtic's 2–1 win over Barcelona on 7 November 2012.

The Kenyan talisman has earned over 50 caps for Harambee Stars since making his international debut in May 2007 at the age of 15.

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