The Montreal Impact have acquired midfielder Victor Wanyama from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs.
The defensive midfielder made 97 appearances for Tottenham, scoring seven goals in the process.
The Kenyan international has agreed to a three-year designated player contract. Wanyama will be the Impact’s second DP alongside fellow midfielder Saphir Taider.
“Victor is an important player with a great career,” Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “His undeniable experience will also help support the young players and help them progress.”
The North London club announced the news Tuesday through their Twitter account saying: “We wish Victor all the best for the future.”
We have reached agreement with @impactmontreal for the transfer of @VictorWanyama.
We wish Victor all the best for the future. #THFC #COYS
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 3, 2020
“When I spoke with Thierry Henry and he told me he wanted me to join him in Montreal, I didn’t have to think twice,” Wanyama said in a statement.
“He has always been a player that I’ve admired. I am really happy to get the opportunity to work with him and to play a part that can ensure that the Montreal Impact have an improved season and hopefully reach the ultimate stages of the competitions in which we compete.”
Wanyama joined Spurs from Southampton in July, 2016 for a $16.5 million transfer fee. The defensive midfielder made 97 appearances for Tottenham, scoring seven goals in the process. Wanyama scored the opening goal in Tottenham’s final match at their former home, White Hart Lane.
L’Impact Montréalais de @VictorWanyama : nouveau Joueur désigné en provenance de Tottenham. >>> https://t.co/4jMD7HnXGc
The #ImpactMontréalais of @VictorWanyama, new DP from Tottenham Hotspur FC. >>> https://t.co/ozCJMJLkhv#IMFC pic.twitter.com/hbk0NQpBwz
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) March 3, 2020
“I’m really happy to join an exciting club like the Montreal Impact,” Wanyama said. “MLS continues to grow every season and I’m looking forward to bringing further awareness to this team, city and league across Africa.”
The 28 year-old, who can also play in central defense, also suited up Scotland’s Celtic FC and Belgium’s Beerschot AC.
This is Impact’s second signing from the Tottenham Hotspurs system in 2020. Center back Lus Binks was acquired from the Spurs academy.