According to the Daily Mirror, Celtic still want Tottenham Hotspur’s Victor Wanyama, but he will apparently cost any buyer £8million.
The paper has claimed that Celtic are one of several clubs interested in the player. Tottenham, however, are struggling to bring in offers due to their valuation of him. The Mirror states, because of that, that his “chances of escaping Tottenham are fading”.
The Kenyan’s future has been something of a saga for Celtic fans. It’s a link that goes all the way back to last summer when Celtic missed out on bringing him back to Scotland. Neil Lennon admitted as much back in September (Scottish Sun).
Since then, Lennon has never fully ruled it out. The latest on it was when the Celtic boss stated that he was still considering Wanyama but doubted whether the club could afford him (The Herald).
However, there is an interesting alternative for Celtic to consider.
A loan deal until the end of the season?
The Mirror claims that Spurs are open to letting Wanyama leave on loan, but it wouldn’t be for free. They would want a £1.5million fee upfront with an obligation to buy in the summer.
There is still the issue with his wages too. He earns around £70k-per-week at the club. Even with Galatasary and Lazio the other two clubs mentioned in the running for him, a figure like that could be off-putting.
This is a saga that just gets more and more intriguing. There must be a serious desire from Spurs to get him out the door permanently. If Celtic consider the loan deal, we may be able to wangle Tottenham down on their pricing.
Celtic could also splash out on Wanyama in the summer should any player sales happen at the end of the season. The £7million summer signing of Christopher Jullien shows we have money to spend if we feel necessary (Scottish Sun).
The loan deal would give us more time to stump up the cash whilst potentially getting Tottenham to lower their valuation. They clearly have no purpose for Wanyama, so the big battle would surely be with his wage demands.
In any case, this is one that just won’t go away, even if we signed Ismaila Soro earlier this week. Watch this space as we enter the final 24 hours of the window.