MLS

Impact make splash by signing Tottenham's Victor Wanyama as designated player

The Montreal Impact have signed midfielder Victor Wanyama as a designated player from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Kenyan midfielder joins MLS club on 3-year deal through free transfer

Midfielder Victor Wanyama celebrates after scoring a goal for Tottenham in 2019. The 28-year-old joins Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact on a free transfer as a designated player. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Montreal Impact have signed midfielder Victor Wanyama as a designated player from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Wanyama joined the Thierry Henry-led side through a free transfer. He is now under contract with the Impact for the next three seasons.

Montreal acquired the discovery rights to Wanyama from the New England Revolution in exchange for $150,000 US in 2020 General Allocation Money.

"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 through a statement released by the Impact. "He has always been a player that I've admired, and 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."

The Kenyan midfielder scored seven goals in 97 career appearances with the North London-based club. He was part of the team's 2018-19 run to the UEFA Champions League final, where they lost to Liverpool.

The 28-year old has also suited up for Beerschot, Celtic, and Southampton.

With files from CBC Sports

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