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Dortmund reportedly interested in signing Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama

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Is another defensive midfielder coming to the Westfalenstadion?

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The World Cup is about to get underway in Russia. There won’t be a ton of movement for the players occupied by the tournament, but there should be plenty of transfers involving players who aren’t in attendance.

One player who won’t be at the World Cup is Kenya’s Victor Wanyama. According to BILD, Dortmund are interested in signing him from Tottenham Hotspur.

At the moment, BILD doesn’t have an article up about this story. It seems to be one of their bits of news that initially only appears in the print version of the publication.

Wanyama has been at Tottenham since they bought him for £11 million from Southampton in 2016. He was injured for large portions of last season, but was incredibly effective the year before during Spurs’ final year at White Hart Lane.

The Kenyan is known for the defensive side of his game. He is incredibly strong physically and tackles quite hard. Sometimes he tackles too hard. He was maligned as a poor passer before joining Spurs, but he hasn’t really struggled to move the ball in Mauricio Pochettino’s system. This is telling because Tottenham play a style where the midfielders are needed for short passing as the team attempts to dominate possession.

Victor doesn’t score many goals, but he did score one that could’ve easily been this year’s Goal of the Season in the Premier League.

Wanyama isn’t that different a player than Thomas Delaney, which is the part that brings this link into question. Do Dortmund need to sign another defensive midfielder if they already have Julian Weigl and Thomas Delaney? And Spurs don’t seem likely to want to sell a midfielder with Mousa Dembele reportedly on his way out of the club.

It’s BILD so this report shouldn’t be taken as gospel, but it’s possible that Wanyama is still a player who interests Hans-Joachim Watzke, Lucien Favre, and the other higher-ups at BVB.