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Celtic ‘wanted to sign me’, claims former Parkhead hero Victor Wanyama


Celtic ‘wanted to sign me’, claims former Parkhead hero Victor Wanyama

The Kenyan claims that Celtic were one of many teams given the runaround by Tottenham.

Victor Wanyama has been discussing his failed return to Celtic earlier this season. The Kenyan international captain was surplus to requirements with Tottenham Hotspur at the time having fallen down the pecking order in North London. 

It was reported by the Daily Mail that Celtic were keen on a move for their former midfielder last summer, amid his protracted transfer move to Club Brugge seemingly falling apart. 

That deal did eventually come to nothing, with the two clubs failing to come to terms on a fee. 

Celtic remained linked with the midfield dynamo, who left the club in a (BBC) £12.5 million move to Southampton in 2013 after two successful years in Glasgow. 

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Indeed, Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted to The Herald that Wanyama was ‘in his thoughts’ ahead of January but doubted the Parkhead club could afford him. 


Now, speaking to Madgoat TV, Wanyama has admitted his frustrations at the way in which his potential return to Glasgow was handled by Tottenham.

“They started to delay a lot of things, even Celtic among many other teams wanted to sign me but the club was taking me in circles until the deals collapsed, and the transfer windows closed.”

Celtic have had success with bringing back a former Lennon star, who also moved to Southampton, this season with Fraser Forster being a runaway success since heading back to Paradise. 

Wanyama could have had a similar impact but has since moved on, joining MLS side Montreal Impact on a free transfer in March. 

Celtic fans might just have to keep hold of their fond memories of Wanyama rather than hoping to see him back at the club.

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