Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s admission that the club were interested in Victor Wanyama during the summer transfer window came as something of a surprise.
A deadline day rumour, it always seemed fanciful that the Hoops would show the kind of ambition to deliver a signing of that calibre without UEFA Champions League football.
Lennon has even left the door open on a potential January move for the player.
His comments in full on the interest, as quoted by The Scottish Sun were: “There was interest but it never got off the ground.
“Could we look at it again in January? We’ll have to wait and see. We might not want to with the balance of the squad now, as well as the affordability.”
Spurs were reported to have accepted a £13m bid for him from Club Brugge (Evening Standard) and while that deal didn’t eventually go through during the summer, it’s clear thats what the London club see his market value as.
A permanent transfer might be initially tricky to sort out then, as Lennon alludes to with his ‘affordability’ comments.
However, even on loan, a move for Wanyama would have serious benefits. Especially so if the club can figure out a way to add an option to buy into the deal.
Transition from Brown
Even Scott Brown’s most ardent supporters would admit that at some stage over the next couple of years Celtic need to figure out a way to healthily transition away from his contribution to the Hoops.
Now 34, the simple reality is he can’t play forever.
As far as replacements go, Wanyama couldn’t be a better option. With experience of playing at Celtic Park, working alongside Brown, he knows what it takes to be a leader in the Hoops midfield.
Since leaving the club he’s had an excellent career at the top level and last season helped Spurs into the UEFA Champions League final, playing in both the quarters and semis on the way.
If that’s the kind of quality that Lennon is looking at to upgrade his options in the middle of the park then count me in on hastening a move away from Brown.
Not only does Wanyama have the defensive chops to play the current role that the veteran performs in Glasgow, but we know from experience he also has the composure and technical ability to dominate opposition teams at the level we play at.
At 28, the Kenyan still has plenty of football ahead of him and even if he arrived in the Hoops on loan his presence could help Brown play a reduced, but important role in Lennon’s squad.
The captain is a modern Celtic legend, but if there’s an opportunity to make a serious acquisition and improve the team then the Hoops must take it.