Southampton and Kenyan midfield powerhouse Victor Wanyama has emerged as a top target for North London side Arsenal ahead of the January transfer window according to Daily Mirror. According to reports, Arsenal are confident they can get a deal done for the high rated African within the next couple of days. Although mirror is not overly reliable, the fact that Sky sports are reporting the same thing shows there is element of truth in this report.
The potential signing of Wanyama would help Arsenal soften the blow of losing several midfielders namely Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky. A situation that has left the Gunners short in midfield.
It is believed that a fee of £15m would be enough to force Southampton into selling Victor Wanyama, who has received the backing of Arsenal legend Robert Pires to be the perfect addition to the Gunners’ squad.
Asked about the Kenyan, Pires said: “Why not? He has the speed, skill and physique. I, however, think he needs to score more goals because then he will be world-class material.”
Victor Wanyama, who moved to Southampton from Scottish giants Celtic in a £12.5m deal in 2013 and has featured in 70 league games, would be a significant addition to injury-hit Arsenal in the new year with manager Arsene Wenger admitting recently that the club is in need of reinforcements.
Speaking to BeIN sport recently on his side’s injury situation, Wenger said: “Yes, we are short, and the number of games we have to play in January are very important. God knows how we will come out of the Christmas period, with a lot of demand on the physical front so we need to do something.
“I would love to give you names, downstairs on the bar with a coffee but not in front of your camera.” he concluded.