Nic Hailey hopes for more Kenyan Spurs fans if Wanyama moves to North London club

Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama (centre) while playing for Celtic. Photo © Glasgow Celtic (used under the Creative Commons Licence)

Tottenham Hotspur supporting UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, is hoping a potential move by his club to sign Kenyan international Victor Wanyama from Premier League rivals Southampton, could lead to a growth in local support for his North London club.

However, it remains to be seen whether Wanyama’s move alone would prompt an exodus of Kenyan Premier League fans from Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.

According to reports in the UK media over the weekend, Spurs are edging closer to an agreement for Victor Wanyama to re-join his former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Southampton will be keen to recoup the £12m they paid Celtic for him in 2013, but could accept a little less as the defensive midfielder has just a year remaining on his current deal.

Tottenham tried unsuccessfully to sign Wanyama last August after the player told Ronald Koeman he wished to leave and re-join Pochettino, but Southampton refused to sell.

He was also rumoured to be a summer target for London rivals Arsenal.

Celtic should also benefit financially from a sell-on clause if the fee Southampton receive is at least £12m.