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Kenya midfielders Victor Wanyama and Macdonald Mariga

Southampton plot transfer bid for Mariga

Kenya midfielders Victor Wanyama and Macdonald Mariga

The Saints are planning a January transfer move for the Inter Milan midfield star a deal if it goes through will see him link up with brother Victor Wanyama

By Dennis Mabuka

Southampton are ready to make their Champions League push a family affair by snapping up Victor Wanyama's brother - Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga.

According to The Mirror, Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is plotting a January swoop for the 26-year-old, who plays alongside his younger sibling for Kenya's national team.

Wanyama has played a key role in the Saints' superb start to the season since a £12.5million summer move from Scottish champions Celtic. On Tuesday, Machester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who was in Kenya to be unveiled as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, hailed Wanyama's instant impact at Saints.

“Obviously there is more to where such talents come from. The older players Oliech (Dennis) and (Mariga) Macdonald are excellent but Wanyama is the finished product. I have watched him play and can testify he is an exceptional player,” Toure told Goal.

Toure, whose side lost 1-2 to Chelsea in the league on Sunday, said he will be looking forward to facing on form Southampton. “They are a team on top of things at the moment and I look forward to playing against them. Wanyama has been a great inspiration to the team.

“You see the manner Southampton is playing all round within a very good defensive record. You've got to give it to Wanyama and the new players. They have certainly given the team power and strength to tackle the league.”