26 Oct 2012

LFC 'still keen' on €10m midfield star who can leave for the 'right offer'. Pursue?

In August, Celtic boss Neil Lennon reacted angrily to continued speculation linking star midfielder Victor Wanyama with a move to Liverpool, but it seems like the Reds remain undeterred in their pursuit of the player, who impressed again in Celtic's heartbreaking last-minute defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League last night.

The Reds have been linked with Wanyama several times over the last few months, and when asked about the possibility of a January move to the Premier League last month, he said :

"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".

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

Clearly, after being barracked by his boss, Wanyama is now saying all the right things in public, but despite the Kenyan's apparent happiness at Celtic, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are still 'keen' signing him, and Lennon recently admitted that every player - including Wanyama - is for sale at the right price:

"Interest in Wanyama doesn’t surprise me because he’s a class player. I’m not surprised by the clubs supposedly looking at him. I think he’s got all the attributes to be anything he wants to be. Every player has his price but we’re not a selling club, although every club sells players if they get the right offer".

Given the African star's repeated 'come and get me' pleas in the past, it's unlikely he'll turn down a move to the Premier League if the chance arises. Indeed, a couple of months ago, Wanyama made it clear that he has an unwavering desire to move to the Premier League. He told reporters:

"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"

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, but after a string of impressive performances, his value is likely to be much higher than that (!)

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. Is this the same €10m midfielder who Lennon has already said this week he values at £25m?

    Admittedly Celtic are unlikely to get anywhere near that for him, but I'd say teams would need to bid at least £15m if they want their bid to be considered. Still contracted with Celtic until 2015, so we won't have to sell on the cheap to make sure we make a profit too!

  2. "We remain undeterred in our pursuit of Wanyama",
    and which Liverpool Official said we are in pursuit of him,??

  3. none its just more drivel for jkabb's

  4. Nobody from LFC has said anything about Wanyama.... or the other 500 players that have been written about on this website in the last week!

    'Sources say' just means that some lazy tabloid hack wrote some BS story that is rehashed on here to get hits.

  5. no lfc official has said it the article is for jkabb's

  6. Jaimie you didin't answer to VermHart's question on the previous article --> You say "never drop a player after he's scored" so would you put Downing in your starting XI on sunday?

  7. Do anyone actually think that Celtic will allow a player who is contracted until 2015, to do Liverpool a favour, and allow him to leave for 10M .....WHY???? We don't do Liverpool's player research for them.

    Celtic rejected an 8m offer from QPR a few months ago, and Spartak Moskva (who are loaded with cash!) along with Man U and Man C plus a few others would dearly love to sign him.

    Celtic have lived within their budget for years, plus they have 17M-20M each year, almost guaranteed from the CL for the next three years, so they don't have to sell ANY players to make ends meet.

    You want him?......Break out the BIG cheque book!

  8. I'm VermHat and I approve this message.

  9. Rather than buying Wanyama or Hooper we should do what it looked like we were going to do last season and get John Park.

    Wanyama, Hooper, Forster, Izaguirre, Ki, Kayal and Mulgrew were all picked up for next to nothing. Instead of being one step behind Celtic, we should move one step ahead and bring in their source.

  10. Just to be clear, John Park is Celtic's head scout, for those that don't know.

  11. This is like 3rd-4th article on this player. You want him at Anfield, Jamie? As I think 80% of comments as always will come from annoyed Celtic fans. LFC fans are not really too excited about buying him, are we?

  12. I'd get back on the Jan M'vila/Moussa Sissoko/Etienne Capoue bandwagons, now that their reputations all seem to have taken a hit and their value has gone back to realistic levels (~£10m).

    Of course a striker and goalscoring right-forward should be priorities, but we need another ballwinner in midfield to ensure we don't have to start shuffling players outside of their natural roles as soon as Lucas is out again...

  13. Please quote your source for this piece, would it be the Sun by any chance, I hear they carried an article like this. I cannot seem to find anything on the official LFC site, ?????"We remain undeterred in our pursuit of the player", he he he.