Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has joined Premier League side Southampton on a four-year deal. The Kenyan international signs for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12.5million, which would represent a club record.
Wanyama spent two seasons at Celtic Park and scored 10 league goals in 61 SPL outings. He was also pivotal in Celtic’s impressive run in last seasons Champions League campaign.
Wanyama joined the current Scottish champions in the summer of 2011 from Beerschot AC, the Antwerp based Belgian side. His time at the Olympisch Stadion saw him impress enough for Celtic to make a successful bid which saw him move to Glasgow for £900,000.
As well as contributing in all-encompassing fashion to Celtic’s domestic and European exploits he was named SPL Young player of the Year for the 2012-13 season.
Speaking about his move to the south coast, Wanyama said: “”It feels great and I am happy to be here, Finally it has happened and we’ve come to the end [of negotiations], so I am delighted. There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to came here.
“Southampton is a good club and it has good players, so I just want to train hard and work hard to be a part of the starting XI. We’ll see where that will take me. I’m very grateful to be here and I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League.
“I’ve seen that the stadium is great and the dressing room is looking good, and I know some of the players. I hope they will help me and I think I will get along with the others, so it will be good. I am happy to be a part of Southampton’s squad. It means a lot because because it has been my dream to play in the Premier League and now I am here.”
His new manager, Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, was equally positive about the move, saying: “I want to stress that the deal could have been done sooner, but this shows that we do business on our terms. The most important thing that ourselves, Celtic and the player are all happy with the way it has all gone.
“The fact that a lot of top European clubs were also keen to sign him shows what an attractive prospect Southampton Football Club is to a player who had his pick of the teams in England and abroad.”