Report: Celtic still want Tottenham Hotspur's Victor Wanyama

By David Walton

November 19, 2019

The prospect of Victor Wanyama to Celtic has again reared its head once again today.

According to the Guardian, the Hoops are still interested in taking the Kenyan from Spurs after fleeting interest in the summer.

The Guardian believes that any deal would initially be a loan. Whether there would be an option to buy, however, isn’t clear.

Victor Wanyama continues to be on the outside looking in at Spurs (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

So far this season, the former Celt has struggled to make any sort of impact with Spurs. Wanyama has played just three games for the London outfit. However, even that sounds more than it actually is. He’s only managed 24 Premier League minutes, and his only start came in a Carabao Cup match at Colchester United (Transfermarkt).

Despite the struggles with regards to game-time, Wanyama has always maintained that he wants to fight for his place with the Premier League side (CapitalFM).

If there’s any chance, Neil Lennon has to make a move

Lennon has already confirmed that we had an interest in Wanyama over the summer window. He also stated, however, that it’s a deal we may not want to do now with the balance of the squad (Scottish Sun).

Neil Lennon brought Wanyama to British football back in 2011 (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Celtic didn’t strengthen the team in the central-midfield position during the summer. Luca Connell arrived from Bolton, but he’s been with the development squad. Outside of him, there were no additions in that area.

If the opportunity presented itself for Celtic to sign Wanyama, even temporarily, it’s something we have to look into. Big Vic continues to be a fine player, regardless of his lack of game-time in London.

He currently has a contract with Spurs until the summer of 2021 (Transfermarkt). Therefore, there’s still enough time for him to make an impact for Mauricio Pochettino.

Wanyama has been restricted to just one start all season (Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

At the moment, however, he’s offering Spurs absolutely nothing. Getting some of his wages off their bill could be appealing to them. After all, Wanyama has missed 11 matchday squads this season. He clearly isn’t a valued part of the Tottenham squad at the moment.

If there’s any way that Celtic can convince Spurs to let us have Wanyama, we have to consider it. He’s far too high-profile and gifted to just let slip away from our grasp. January is certainly going to be intriguing when it comes to the former Celt’s future.