The Wanyama to Celtic rumours are prevalent for two reasons; Spurs have intimated they want rid and Neil Lennon is on the record as saying he tried to get the midfielder back this summer.
This leads us to the inevitable Wanyama to Celtic stories popping up between now and January and until the player’s future is settled one way or another he will be linked with Celtic.
Victor comes with a high fee and wage demand. It was reported Club Brugge had agreed a £13m deal with Spurs in the summer but the Kenyan didn’t fancy the move. So off the bat we no their figure – it could come down a little if Wanyama was to dig his heels in.
However, even at that – say Spurs want £10m, are Celtic going to pay that for a guy who they won’t get their money back on? Not a chance.
Here’s the reality of any deal for a player of Wanyama’s ilk on Premier League wages.
- Wanyama would have to take a significant wage cut.
- Celtic would have to throw their transfer policy out the window.
- The club would have to finance the deal by either selling Olivier Ntcham or Callum McGregor.
Three things I just can’t see happening.
The other option is a loan deal for the rest of the season but even that has its drawbacks. You’d be bringing in a guy during January who hasn’t played much football in 2019 – by the time he gets up to speed it will be well into the second half of the season.
The only other option would be an 18-month loan deal but Spurs would be mad to go for that if they can shift him permanently.