Victor Wanyama’s dream of being the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League could have taken a step closer after the Celtic midfielder rejected a new contract at Parkhead.
The 21-year-old, who has courted the attention of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Stoke, West Ham, Fulham and Newcastle in recent months, has refused to put pen to paper over a new deal that will extend his stay at Celtic Park past 2015.
According to reports in the Scottish Sun, the Hoops are holding out for around for a better bid for the central midfielder, should he leave the club in January.
Despite the mass interest in the midfielder, Manchester United are likely to emerge as favourites for the Kenyan’s signature. Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother, Martin, has watched Wanyama a number of times already this season and with the Red Devils in the market for a defensive midfielder the 21-year-old could be at the top of their January shopping list.
The tough tackling defensive midfielder does fit well into United’s style of play and would be a welcome addition at Old Trafford. However with the Kenyan cup tied for this season’s Champions League, Ferguson may be reluctant to spend £10m on a player who is ineligible for Europe’s premier club competition.
Yet with the sheer volume of interest in the Celtic midfield, Ferguson may feel that his hand is forced into making a move in January, just so that he guarantees that he gets his man.