Wanyama set for Southampton following Cardiff snub

Every year, there is always one player in the SPL who is labelled with a certain move to England after enjoying a strong season in Scotland.

The focus of this year’s attention is Celtic’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama who has attracted attention from many clubs in the Premier League.

It seems that Southampton though are going to win the race for the midfielder after Celtic accepted the £12,000,000 bid for the player.

This comes after the SPL champions rejected a £10 million bid from newly promoted Cardiff earlier in the week.

But the deal is far from a foregone conclusion though as negotiations between Wanyama’s agents and representatives from The Saints have been slow to progress with both sides struggling to reach an agreement.

The distain isn’t just aimed with Southampton though as a war of words between agents and Celtic boss Neil Lennon could guarantee Wanyama leaving Parkhead for good over the summer.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed that he was expecting the Kenyan to leave in the near future stating that “My own gut feeling is that a deal will get done somewhere along the line.”

Wanyama has earned a reputation for being one of the best upcoming defensive midfielders in European football with the ability to mix his good technical skills with a strong physical presence when on the pitch.

It’s this form that has seen the Kenyan become a regular in the Celtic squad making 61 appearances and scoring 10 goals since moving from Belgian side Beerschot in 2011.

Not only has that but Wanyama is now captain for the Kenyan national side having already earned 25 caps for his country despite only being 22.

If Southampton are able to overcome their issues and sign Wanyama, it would mean that the club could finally enjoy some success in the transfer window.

Despite managing to secure a second season in the Premier League, The Saints have been rejected by several players over the past few weeks putting pressure on the side to try and bring some fresh faces into the squad.

Should Celtic lose Wanyama to a Premier League side, the club will need to fill the gap quickly with the likes of Stephen Mouyokolo already being touted as a possible replacement.

It seems as if Wanyama is already to leave Celtic over the summer but it could be a while before we know which Premier League side is able to secure the Kenyan’s services once and for all.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of SqueakyBumTime.com. A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!