Newcastle are monitoring the situation of Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, according to the Newcastle Journal.
Victor Wanyama – turns 21 on June 25th
We were linked with this player as far back as May of last year, according to our records, and the 20 year-old 6’2″ defensive midfielder or center-back could strengthen Newcastle’s squad for their European campaign next season.
And the 18 times capped Kenyan says he wants to move to the Premier League from Scotland after one season up there, which is hardly surprising.
The player has been watched by Graham Carr and his staff many times over the last season, and he could be a possible replacement for Chieck Tiote if he leaves the club this summer, but of course Newcastle are also after a top center-back this summer.
But there is likely to be a lot of interest in this player from other top clubs, which is hardly surprising, and Liverpool are just one club who are interested in the player who joined Celtic last summer from Belgium club Beerschot AC for £900K.
But Wanyama will probably cost too much, with Celtic said to want as much as £14M for the youngster, and Newcastle would never pay that much for a 20 year-old.
Apparently Newcastle were at many of Celtic’s games last season, and maybe we were also looking at their young striker Gary Hooper, but only recently Celtic turned down a £7M bid from Southampton for the English striker, and he’s not worth that much.
Other clubs said to be watching the Kenyan defender are Swansea, QPR, Stoke City and Everton, and we’ve been after this player for at least a year, and before he moved to Celtic last summer.
The 20 year-old played for Kenya in their 1-0 loss to Namibia last Friday, in the World Cup qualifying games, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle can tie up the Kenyan for anywhere close to the £5M the Tyneside club rate him at – but you never know.
And surely Newcastle will not want to sign too many African players these days, especially with their African Cup of Nations taking place every couple of years, and right in the middle of the Premier League season in England.
Wanyama played 44 times for Celtic last season and scored four goals, and maybe we can do a deal and include Leon Best and Fraser Forster in the deal – because those are two players Celtic want for next season.
Maybe Best and Forster and £2M could seal a deal for the top youngster?
What do you think?