Following a spate of injuries to his midfield, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama his No.1 transfer target, once the winter transfer window opens next month.
The Gunners boss has decided to add new players to his squad now that they have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League and to give the team more depth as they mount what is expected to be a concerted effort to win this seasons Premier League title, according to the Daily Mirror.
Kenyan international Wanyama had been on Arsenal’s radar before while he was playing north of the border with Scottish giants Celtic, before moving to Southampton in July of 2013 for £12.5 million.
Since his arrival at St Mary’s the 6ft 2in powerfully built holding midfielder has attracted plenty of attention from other Premiership clubs, including Tottenham who had a £12 million bid knocked back last summer.
Southampton did a good job of fending off suitors for the 24-year-old during the summer while allowing another player that was being linked with Arsenal, Morgan Schneiderlin to join Manchester United for a fee of £25 million, an amount which could rise to as much as £27 million with add-ons (via Daily Mail).
Another player being named a possible January transfer target is Sporting Lisbon’s Portugal international William Carvalho, but with the Daily Express claiming the 23-year-old has a buyout clause of £33 million it’s hard to see Wenger making a move when he had already balked at the price the Saints were asking for Schneiderlin.
Wanyama on the other hand ticks all the boxes for the Gunners boss, having already proven himself in the Premiership and available for what is believed to be £15 million.
Add to this claims by the Mirror that Saints manager Ronald Koeman is already lining up Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula as a replacement for Wanyama should they fail to get him to commit to a new contract and you have all the makings of a deal falling into place.