St Mary’s side edge nearer to completing Parkhead swoop.
Southampton appear as if they have won the race to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama this summer, report the Daily Mail.
Following the news that Cardiff have pulled the plug on a £10million deal to sign Wanyama from Celtic this summer, the Saints have rekindled their interest in the Kenyan midfield enforcer. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to let Wanyama slip through his hands, and claims the move ‘could still happen’ in the coming days.
Cardiff refused to go over £10million for the defensive midfielder, after having multiple bids rejected for Wanyama. The Saints however are prepared to meet the demanded fee of £12million, and hope to wrap up the deal before the bulk of pre-season begins.
The 22-year old midfielder joined Celtic for £900,000 in 2011 from Germinal Beerschot, scoring 13 goals in 91 appearances or the Scottish club, most memorably the headed goal he scored against Barcelona in the Champions League last season. Possessing the ability to also play as a central defender, Wanyama’s versatility is attractive to many teams, as the midfielder has also been linked with a move to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in recent transfer windows.
Pochettino admits that midfield is one of the ‘positions that we need to reinforce’ this transfer window, if the Saints hope to build upon the strong foundations set last season upon their return to the Premier League.