It is being reported today that the versatile Celtic defender/midfielder Victor Wanyama is the subject of a battle between the two Premiership giants Arsenal and Manchester United. The Kenyan international can play in virtually any defensive position which would make him a positive addition to any side in the Premiership.
Talksport today reveals that both clubs have been scouting the 21 year-old, and were both present during Celtic’s recent 2-1 Champions League win over HJK Helsinki, and although Neil Lennon is keen to keep hold of the big, strong youngster, Wanyama has made it clear that he would love a move to the Premiership.
He said: “It would not be a terrible thing for me if the club agrees to let me go and they were to get a good offer. I’m proud I’m the first Kenyan to play in the UK and I’d be very happy to be the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League.”
Celtic bought him for just 900,000 from Belgian side Beerschott last summer, and with little competition to Celtic in next seasons Scottish title chase, the Hoops would find it very hard to turn down a massive profit if either Arsene Wenger or Alex Ferguson put in a bid of around 8 million for him this month.
Wanyama has always showed promise and incredibly made his international debut for Kenya when he was just 15 years old, and has been earmarked as a star of the future ever since. With his size and strength (and his age, of course) he could easily settle into the pace of the Premier League and if he could be bought for under ten million he would also be a brilliant investment, something that always interests Arsene Wenger!
With the M’Vila deal looking extremely unlikely now, then Wanyama would be a cheaper and possibly better alternative to provide some cover and competition for Alex Song…..