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Southampton Still Eager to Sign Celtic Midfielder Victor Wanyama Despite Initial Rejection

by Thomas Bore

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St Mary’s side set to make renewed bid for Parkhead youngster.

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Southampton looked set to miss out on Celtic’s midfielder Victor Wanyama after his representatives could not agree personal terms with the Premier League club, but two weeks on and a deal still looks possible according to Goal.com. Cardiff City were then favourites to capitalise on the English sides failure, yet the newly promoted side refused to offer more than £10 million – which did not meet the Scottish champions asking price.

The Welsh side have now turned their attention to Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey on loan. Whilst Mauricio Pochettino has recently told reporters that Wanyama to the Saints “could still happen” but does admit he has a list of areas he wishes to improve, not just central midfield. Deals for both Leandro Damiao and Ever Banega are still on the cards, even with the signing of 23 year-old, Daniel Lovren, last month from Lyon.

Victor Wanyama, last year, won both the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Cup which may also force him into moving away from Scotland. A new challenge, and a pay increase, may convince the 22 year-old that moving to the Premier League would be the correct thing to do.

The Kenyan born star has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, yet without any Premier League experience he appears too much of a risk for teams to want to take – especially with the £12 million asking price.

In other news, Southampton have managed to tie down Luke Shaw to a new 5-year-deal, where the England under 21 star will now earn £25,000-a-week, until summer 2018. The highly rated left back has been strongly linked with moves to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks, but opted to snub interest and stay where his footballing career began.

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