West Ham want Spurs’ Victor Wanyama, but should be more sensible with their signings

According to Football Insider, West Ham are considering a January approach for Spurs’ enforcer Victor Wanyama to add much-needed depth to their midfield.

What’s the story?

Wanyama, valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, has struggled to get into the line-up this season at Wembley, with no starts to his name so far in the Premier League and only 56 minutes in total under his belt.

The Kenyan has been usurped by England international Eric Dier as Mousa Dembele’s partner at the base of the Spurs midfield and has even fallen behind 22-year-old Harry Winks in the pecking order despite being a key figure in the 2016/17 campaign – his first season with the London club, in which they finished second in the standings.

Sidelined for much of last season due to cartilage damage, the bulldozing midfielder hasn’t regained his place since and West Ham are looking to offer the 27-year-old an escape route as their own midfield is laid bare by injuries.

Money better spent elsewhere?

The Hammers spent just under £100m in the summer window as Manuel Pellegrini’s reign began and he is unlikely to be given significant funds in the New Year to bring in further new faces. Considering that it has taken until now for the summer signings to gel together, Pellegrini should be reluctant to introduce too many more in January as they could find themselves floundering again.

Football London reports that the 6ft tall tough-tackler could be part of a mass exodus in January and Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for a number of players. He could be a bit too much of a blow to the bank for West Ham but they could haggle the price down a bit seeing as he is supposedly surplus to requirements and only cost £11m in 2016.

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However, considering West Ham already have a wealth of midfield talent, even though many are out of action at the moment, a permanent signing of such value seems silly and the wiser move would be to secure a short-term loan deal or two to fill the void on a temporary basis.