Anfield and Old Trafford sides keen on Parkhead midfielder.
Victor Wanyama rejects Celtic contract offer to put Premier League clubs on alert
Celtic’s Kenyan midfielder, Victor Wanyama, has rejected the club’s initial offer of an improved and extended contract, according to his representative, Rob Moore.
It is understood that Celtic’s offer of a new deal would have tied him to Parkhead until 2016 but his refusal to agree to an extension will alert clubs in England and elsewhere.
“Victor has informed Celtic the contract offer fell short of his expectations,” said Moore. “There were a number of aspects that fell short – he turned it down.”
Lennon certainly rates Wanyama highly. Celtic are believed to have dismissed an offer a bid of more than £8?million from Queens Park Rangers in the summer for the player.
The two Manchester clubs and Liverpool have had Wanyama watched regularly this season and he may yet prove to be one of the most sought-after players during the January transfer window.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
Those scouts present at the Nou Camp running the rule over Victor Wanyama will have been impressed with the manner in which the Kenyan performed as he manly attempted to stem the Barcelona tide and such a display will only have added to the number of admirers the 21 year old has.
Arguably both Man United and Liverpool could do with adding steel to their midfields and a move to bring in the Celtic man would be an intelligent and cost effective option to consider.
Wanyama cost Celtic just £900k and one would imagine the Glasgow side couldn’t expect to receive more than ten times that figure and such a fee would still represent a solid investment by any Premier League side.
Liverpool are still waiting for Brazilian Lucas Leiva to make a long anticipated return from injury and have had to ask the likes of Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard to put in more restrained displays to make up for the loss of a dedicated defensive midfielder. A move for Wanyama would adhere to the club’s youthful transfer policy and wouldn’t cost the earth.
Man United have not had an out and out defensive midfielder since Owen Hargreaves Old Trafford career succumbed to injury. Paul Scholes is not renowned for his tackling ability and Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick are both able to get stuck in on occasion but are clearly not players who are known for stopping oppositions advances and Anderson has not lived up to early expectations.
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