If reports in The Sun are true, then 21-year-old Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is a transfer target for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping tabs on the Kenyan and sat in the stands for Celtic’s 4-0 win over Dundee United.
Wanyama has played a vital role in Celtic’s Champion’s League campaign, which saw them qualify to the last-16 of the competition.
Although Wanyama is considered a defensive midfielder, he still manages to weigh in with a few efforts in the opposition’s box.
As well as the Kenyan’s strike against Barcelona, he has also netted six SPL goals this season; including a header in the 4-0 win in front of Ferguson.
Wanyama is a young player and has only been at Celtic for 18 months, since his £968,000 tranfer from Belgian side Beerschot AC. Therefore he is currently does not have the reputation to demand high wages from a new club.
He is highly regarded by Celtic and the Bhoys will demand a significant transfer fee, but if United can agree terms with Celtic they shouldn’t have to break the bank to secure his contract.
Standing at 6’2″ and weighing nearly 80kg, Wanyama is far from a shrinking violet. Although still only 21-years-old, the midfielder is built more like a rugby player than a footballer and would not be phased by the robust tactics employed by some Premier League teams.
Described as a “powerhouse” in one report and already earning a reputation as strong header of the ball, Wanyama can certainly more than handle himself. Even if this does get him into a few scrapes, such as the red card he received for a two-footed lunge on Rangers’ Stephen Whittaker.
Ferguson is going to face stiff competition for Wanyama’s signature, with reports suggesting a host of other clubs want the defensive midfielder – including Arsenal and Real Madrid.
Also, let’s not forget that Celtic don’t actually want to part with the Kenyan. The Glasgow club face Juventus in the last-16 of the Champion’s League and need to keep their best players for the two-legs against the Italian giants. Reportedly, the club thought the “glamour clash” with Juventus would convince Wanyama to stay.