Southampton are adamant that they will not sell Victor Wanyama to Tottenham Hotspur next year for any price and have also become extremely reluctant to do business with Spurs for any player.

Like several other Premier League clubs, Southampton have grown exasperated with Tottenham during various recent dealings although their principal reason for refusing to sell them players is that they regard Mauricio Pochettino’s team as a direct rival.

Spurs tried to buy Morgan Scheniderlin last summer and were also interested in Victor Wanyama this year. On both occasions, the player became agitated and pushed to leave but the internal unrest was not then accompanied by what Southampton regarded as a serious bid. Tottenham’s only offer for Schneiderlin last summer was £10 million and they ultimately did not make a big bid this year for Wanyama although it is understood that they were prepared to go to £20 million for either player if Southampton had shown any willingness to sell.

Spurs also annoyed West Bromwich Albion this summer over their pursuit of Sadio Berahino, with the Midlands club ultimately refusing to sell and clearly exasperated by the tactics of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

They felt that Spurs left it unrealistically late and regarded some of their offers as derisory, although contact was initially made early in the summer and, with Berahino wanting to leave, West Brom had bought potential replacements.