Southampton to forgive Tottenham target despite transfer request

Southampton star Victor Wanyama is set to put aside his differences with the club after his failed move to Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Wanyama handed in a transfer request in order to force a move away from the St. Mary’s, but Southampton turned it down with the Kenya international staying in the south coast at least until January.

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And the defensive midfielder seemed frustrated with the situation, however Saints manager Ronald Koeman revealed that he spoke with Wanyama and they’ve put the issue to bed, with the 24-year-old now set to start against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

Koeman said: “We know that it was a hard fight but I think our statement was very clear to everybody: nobody for sale.

“We know the future, Victor knows the future, and I spoke to Victor yesterday and he’s back with a real focus for the team, and if he’s back like that, he’s part of the team.

“When I spoke to Victor yesterday, already it was a different person than he was in the last week of the transfer window.

“Victor said he would like to move, but now he has accepted he will stay, and I think that’s the good way.

“It’s possible that Victor will start this weekend, yes.

“He understands the situation; he understood how it was in the last week.

“And I think ambition is always a good thing for a player, but okay it happened and I like to go forward.

“If the player shows real commitment to everybody at the club, I can forget what happened in the last week (of the transfer window).”

Southampton saw a mass exodus of players last summer and were adamant they will keep hold of most of their stars this time around, only losing Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United and Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool respectively.

Wanyama made 38 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three goals.

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