West Ham will not be signing Victor Wanyama from Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the summer transfer window. According to The Guardian’s live deadline day blog [14.30], West Ham are not interested in Wanyama.

The 28-year-old has been made available for loan by Tottenham as they aim to shift him before the 5 PM deadline. Many West Ham fans believed this was the perfect addition. The Hammers need a new defensive midfielder to complete their summer spending and Wanyama fits the bill.

There has been strong interest in Wanyama in the past. But not this time. If West Ham sign a midfielder, it will not be the Kenya international. This is mainly due to the fact that West Ham have reached their foreign player limit with the arrival of Albian Ajeti, meaning one would have to leave to accommodate Wanyama.

Carlos Sanchez out, Victor Wanyama in: The ideal business

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Wanyama is a major upgrade on Carlos Sanchez, who is currently West Ham’s back-up holding midfielder. If Declan Rice gets injured, having Sanchez to fill in is a major worry.

West Ham should have prioritised this deal with the deadline approaching. The ideal scenario would see Wanyama come in and Sanchez omitted from the Irons’ squad. West Ham do not have to sell him immediately but can look for a suitor in Europe after today’s deadline.

However, this has now become a mere fantasy. West Ham will enter the new season without a quality holding midfielder to compete with Rice and they will hope this decision does not come back to bite them.

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