Arsenal are workinh hard to bring at least two quality players to the Emirates before the transfer window closes in just over a week. Most people seem to think that one of these will be a striker, with David Villa and Stevan Jovetic two possible transfer targets. The other is likely to be a defensive midfielder, possibly a player in the same mould as Abou Diaby. With the club also short on centre backs, Arsene Wenger may well opt for a player who can also fill that position in an emergency.
A player who ticks those boxes is the 21-year old Kenyan international Victor Wanyama, and Wenger has been tracking the Celtic star for some time, apparently. The Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants to keep Wanyama, obviously, but has hinted that he expects clubs to bid for him and will not stand in the way of the young man’s footballing progression.
If Wenger is undecided about taking a risk on Wanyama, he may have to make up his mind sooner rather than later, though, because Manchester United are likely to bid for him in the summer. Alex Ferguson was in Glasgow for the funeral of Celtic legend Sean Fallon. The night before, he was a guest at the match and was extremely impressed with the all round contribution of Wanyama, including a goal.
The Sun reports today that Ferguson is planning to try and sign Wanyama in the summer, so Arsenal will have a tough battle on their hands if we leave it until then. A decent offer now, however, should be successful in making the powerhouse a Gunner, and I for one hope that it happens. Wanyama has got the lot, but is still learning and Wenger could make him world class.