Celtic’s bid to bring Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama back to the Hoops was scuppered by the player’s wages, the Daily Mail reports.
The report states that Celtic were interested in signing the player, but the Hoops were unable to pay the player his £65,000 a week wages as Wanyama would not take a pay cut.
Wanyama was originally linked with the Hoops by the Evening Standard on Friday morning, who reported that the Scottish Champions and Tottenham were in discussions about a loan move for the player, which would have likely included an option to buy the player.
However, Celtic denied they were going to sign the player, as reported by Sky Sports (live blog, 31/01 12:15).
Hoops correct not to go through with deal
The Hoops are correct not to go through with the deal. Wanyama might be an excellent player, and he would have added quality to the Celtic midfield.
However, paying a player £65,000 a week is far too much money, especially one that is only signing on loan. Perhaps if Celtic were desperate to sign the player then they would have considered pushing the boat out.
Club is well-stocked in central midfield
That is not the case though, as the Hoops have a number of central midfielders at the club. Therefore, Celtic likely won’t have contemplated paying Wanyama’s wages unless he took a wage cut, or Tottenham were willing to pay some of the player’s salary.
It is a bit disappointing that Celtic were unable to pull off what would have been a bit of a transfer coup.
Wanyama is a big name with Hoops supporters and it’s not often the Scottish champions sign an experienced player from a club like Spurs.
Perhaps they can revisit the move in the summer, and the circumstances might have changed regarding Wanyama’s wages.