9/26/2012 01:00:00 pm

'There's nowhere better' - €10m LFC midfield target confirms transfer decision...

In August, Celtic boss Neil Lennon reacted angrily to continued speculation linking star midfielder Victor Wanyama with a move to Liverpool. His public criticism of the player seems to have worked because the Kenyan International has now pledged his future to the Glasgow club.

The Reds have been linked with Wanyama several times over the last few months, and in July, Wanyama confirmed that Celtic had received 'many bids' for his services.

The Kenyan's regular public comments on the issue irritated Lennon, who accused the Kenyan star of ignoring Celtic's policies on talking to the Press about club business.

In an interview yesterday, Wanyama was asked about the possibility of a January move to the Premier League, and he responded:

"I leave these things for the club and my agent but I’m really happy here and looking forward to staying for as many years as I can. All I do is concentrate on the football. Celtic is a big club and we are in the Champions League so I don’t think there is anywhere better".

These comments are completely different to the view Wanyama offered a couple of months ago, when he confirmed his desire to move to the Premier League:

"I think the Premier League is the dream of so many players, so I'd be happy to play there. There are a lot of good clubs in England, and it would not be a terrible thing for me if the club agree to let me go, and they were to get a good offer. I'm proud I'm the first Kenyan to play in the UK and I'd be very happy to be the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League"

Clearly, after being barracked by Lennon, he's now saying all the right things in public, but if a Premier League club came in for him, it seems likely that he would consider the move.

With Lucas Leiva's persistent injury problems, signing a back-up/competition must surely be on Brendan Rodgers' agenda, and Wanyama looks like he has the potential to be excellent competition.

€10m [£8m]-rated Wanyama cost Celtic less than £1m so if Liverpool do go in for him, a transfer shouldn't be too difficult to conclude.



Jaimie Kanwar


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36 Comments :

FdotM said...

Good tidy player. I'm very pessimistic about today's match :( we have so many injuries...at least the young guns are going to play. Let's hope it's a happy ending.

anteater71 said...

10m Euros? Where do those valuations come from? According to transfermarkt his current market value is less than 4m Euros.

Another21stCenturySlave said...

i suppose giving people of your ilk a column to write this outdated, ignorant, biased pish, in some basement somewhere helps keep the crime levels down.

maybe the thought of going to the premier league to join liverfool & suffer the humiliation of relegation to the english championship has bucked up his idea's?

RedHeart said...

Victor Wanyama was never a Liverpool target. This is only website which linked him with Liverpool.

anteater71 said...

Considering rumours as just that, rumours, is one thing. Not having a clue another. Go to google and type "Liverpool Victor Wanyama" and prepare yourself for a big surprise as amongst those who've linked him with us are quite a few, albeit not very reliable, sources like the Daily Mail, Sky Sports, the Daily Record, givemefootball and even The Liverpool Echo.

Jaimie K said...

Nonsense. First, not all transfer rumours are reported in the press. Second, lots of other sources reported the LFC connection. Google it. Here's one to get you started:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/liverpool-among-three-english-clubs-1128856

Jim Devlin said...

absolute nonsense/non story article. behave yourselves

John Holmes said...

Get real.
Celtic take a risk on a 19/20 year old & fork out 1.5m Euro, and having seen him improve and excel in Europe (not just the SPL) his value has soared.
You may offer 4m Euro - you won't get him.
If he continues as is, 10m Euro is guaranteed.
We'll see.

Growler is God said...

Who cares? Not me. I am more concerned with WBA tonight and trying to get our first 3 points at the weekend.

Flimflan1 said...

the way your lot has been playing for the last 20 years Victor Meldrew could get a game for yous

Chirag Vyas said...

Striker striker striker striker :)

Chirag Vyas said...

What was so nonsense about the article? Celtic fan, eh?

Chirag Vyas said...

We took a risk of 35mn pounds and ready to sell off the player when he hits the form for less than half of the purchase price - just after 18 months. This is football, anything can happen.

greenmachine said...

Jeezo you reds are living in nevernever land. No chance of getting big victor for 10mil never mind 4mil. by the time he leaves celtic try 20mil unless he is coming to the end of his contract. when he does go it wont be to cannon fodder like liverfool. He will be one of the stars of the world game. whether its brendan rodgers or buck rodgers thats manager you wont be getting wanyama

Ray said...

Thwe Amercan youngser will prove to be the best of all our kids PLAY HIM

Billious said...

Were are all these trolls coming from? Just go and annoy your own supporters.

w3efy said...

Yes just have blinkered liverpool views, and live in the big club fantasy lol

w3efy said...

well he does have champions legaue football, (even though the domestic league is terrible) what does LFC have to offer, relegation battles?

anteater71 said...

So, 10m is his ransom while his value is 4m.

anteater71 said...

The way some Scottish clubs are run I wouldn't be surprised if Celtic followed Rangers. Then he'd go for nothing. 20m. Ridiculous. If he was that good, he wouldn't be at Celtic anymore.

Chirag Vyas said...

Relegation battle? Really? For starters, we can offer five times the money he is on right now. Second, he will be exposed to millions of LFC fans worldwide - popular. Third, he will be playing alongside the likes of Stevie G, Luis Suarez, Pepe, Agger et al. Fourth, you must improve on your comments henceforth coz a term as poor as "relegation battle" for a club of Liverpool's stature only comes from an empty brain who has no knowledge of football whatsoever.

greenmachine said...

celtic are undoubtedly one of the best run clubs in europe financially, 2.7mil in debt. peanuts really. 51% owned by the fans. majority shareholder a real billionaire not some jumped up americans in loads of debt. no chance of us going bust. don't know so much about a lot of english clubs mind you. wanyama is already a far better player than joe allen will ever be and what did he cost?. believe me wanyama is the real deal. tell you this if liverpool dont get their act together and get a new stadium they could go the way of the zombies too.

Anthony Finnigan said...

celtic have dermot desmond,eddie jordan,(billioniares) and i support both clubs but 60,000 is more than 45,000 the same as neil lennon has won more than brendan won fuck all rodgers

Bhoy1887 said...

Have you actually seen him play ? £10m you paid for pie man Adam. comback with £15 plus sell on % he will go for £20 - £30m eventuall to a really big club. Barca or Madrid for silly money the guy is awsome .

Bill Ward said...

As I said, do one troll.

Celtic0072001 said...

I am a celtic fan who has lived in england for 35 years I watch english and scottish football. Yes there is a big gap now ,its all about the money its that simple, under matin oneil and even gordon strachen we were very good, English guys will never change there view that celtic are crap .And forget what games we have acctually won in europe As soon as victor puts pen to paper a 7m player is worth 20m. Is he that good yes he is . And like a long list of celtic players who move to england they do well because celtic train and teach them well. Kenny dalgliesh.charlie nicholas,stillion petrove,Aiden Mcgeady,Brian Mclair,And many more managers Davie moyes,paul lambert,kenny dalgliesh,And many more. Believe me if we had even a fraction of the premier money and yes I can not blame you for not letting us in , We would be a very powerfull club. Fact. Brian Moore Plymouth yes my spelling is crap as well for you teachers out there ha ha.

Plank said...

Wanyama is a muscle bound sending off waiting to happen. In a year or two he will be Michellin Man, and thats an observation not a personal criticism.

H8UTD said...

great player an absolute powerhouse. i hope he stays at the mighty celts, and in time comes to the mighty reds.

Joebhoy said...

Celtic fan with a lot of admiration for Liverpool. Wanyama is a class act, and if he continues to improve or shows his best in the Champions League, then 20m is not a ridiculous aim for the club to recoup in time. Hes an awesome player to have in your side, and he'd be highly valued in the EPL. We struck gold plucking him from a lower league Belgian side, and we'll keep him at Celtic until a proper offer somes around. I do have a soft spot for Liverpool, as do many 'tic fans - so if we were to lose him for fair money, then i'd be quite happy with it being Liverpool who benefits. You guys have paid a lot more cash for a lot less footballer in the past.

anteater71 said...

Well, great, you have billionaire owners, congratulations then, honestly! Celtic may be a well run club playing in a big stadium and have subscribed their league title, but having said that, the Scottish Prem is nowhere near the standard of the English Prem.

anteater71 said...

Jumped up Americans in loads of debt? Why do you bring Man Utd into this?

anteater71 said...

I didn't pay 10m for pie man Adam, and I would have never done it. Problem is, while your club is a big club with a lot of history, you don't play in a good league. The better players will always want to go elsewhere. Wait until he gets fed up with playing against Inverness and Ross County and hands in a transfer request. Will be interesting to see how much of those £30m your club's going to receive then.

Michael Jardine said...

ill think youll find celtic has every bit a global fan power as liverpool. relegation might not be an issue. but neither is winning the prem.

Chirag Vyas said...

If by global you mean Scotland and Scottish people living outside Scotland, I agree.

jimmy said...

u cant be serious mate only Manchester united can compete with Liverpool in terms of global support. If u had the global support u talk about your sponsors would be paying a lot more

Jim Devlin said...

dear Chirag Vyas. read the article, wind your neck back in,and you will realise that he is STILL at Celtic,and looks set to remain for at least one more season.therefore=nonsense. clear enough for you?and yes, im lucky enough to be a Celtic fan,and im very sorry for you if you are not.

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