The excitement over Celtic potentially moving for Victor Wanyama next year was increased after Neil Lennon admitted the club were interested earlier this summer.
There were murmurings that the Kenyan was about to return to Glasgow but no deal was done, nor did it come close. However, Lennon did admit that a move for the holding midfielder could still be a possibility in the near future.
“There was interest but it never got off the ground,” he told Football Scotland.
“Could we look at it again in January? We’ll have to wait and see.”
Could Celtic sign Wanyama permanently?
Most people assumed that any move for Wanyama would only be temporary, but it’s interesting to consider the possibility of the club moving for him permanently.
The 28-year-old’s Spurs contract is up at the end of next season so the North London club are likely to listen to lower offers than perhaps previously. Club Brugge were close to signing the Kenyan for £13.5million this summer (The Sun) but failed to get the deal over the line.
Perhaps the reason for that could have been personal terms – which would also seemingly block any Celtic move. The same paper reported that Brugge had offered the midfielder a five-year contract worth £65,000 per week.
Given that our highest earlier is said to be on around £30,000 per week, that jump would surely rule out a move for Wanyama. The former Southampton man would have to take a severe wage cut to join Celtic – but then again he may feel he’s already made his money.
If we’re looking for a successor to Scott Brown for the next three or four years then spending £10million+ on Wanyama wouldn’t be a bad shout. We’d just have to hope that he’d be keen enough to come that he’d take less money. It’s one to watch for sure.