Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Southampton are talking to Victor Wanyama about signing a new contract at St Mary’s.
The Saints chief spoke out on the future of the 24-year-old Kenya international midfielder, who the club want to commit to a new five-year deal given that he has just over a year left on his current contract.
Wanyama, who joined from Celtic for Â£12.5million in 2013, has been regularly linked with a move away in the past 12 months and was the subject of interest from Tottenham last summer, although a move failed to materialise.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino remains keen on the midfielder, however, and the Argentine could come back in the summer and offer in the region of Â£15million for the player.
But Koeman claims that, while he has not spoken to Wanyama, who has made 31 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring just one goal, he revealed that the club have been negotiating with him.
He told the Daily Echo: “I didn’t talk to Victor about his contract. What I know is that the club, Les Reed, is talking to Victor and talking to his agent about his future in the club and about his contract.
“I don’t know what the state is of that talks.
“We like to keep Victor in the club and thatÂ’s why Les Reed is talking to the player and to his agent.”
If Wanyama does not sign a new deal it is almost certain that he will be sold in the summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer.