Victor Wanyama is 21 today, and he has been talking back in his native Kenya about what his football future could hold, and it is possible he could move from Celtic this summer to a Premier League club south of the border.
Victor Wanyama - 21 today – a Newcastle target?
And certainly Newcastle have been linked with the 6’2″ youngster, who can play center-back or defensive midfield.
That seems to be what Alan Pardew is looking for in a lot of the new players he will bring into the club over the summer, some flexibility.
This is what Wanyama had to say in the Kenyan Daily Post:
“I think the Premiership is the dream of so many players, so I’d be happy to play there. There are a lot of good clubs in England.” “It will be difficult to leave Celtic because I have just had a good season here and we are now playing in the Champions League.”
“Celtic are one of the biggest teams. I’ve been happy here, and the fans have been brilliant to me.” “But it would not be a terrible thing for me if the club agree to let me go, and they were to get a good offer. They are the ones who decide.”
“I’m proud I’m the first Kenyan to play in the UK, and I’d be very happy to be the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League.”
Victor left Belgium club Beerschot AC last summer, and signed a four year deal at Celtic, and cost around £900K.
He would be more expensive than that now, but he could fit the bill at Newcastle, and he played 41 times with four goals for the Scottish Champions last season, and he has played 18 times for Kenya with one international goal.
Wanyama was only 15 when he made his debut for Kenya’s senior national team, in a friendly match against Nigeria back in 2007.
And the lad comes from a talented sports family, with his sister a professional basketball player in Kenya, and his older brother, McDonald Mariga Wanyama at Italian powerhouse, Inter Milan, and he was on loan to Real Sociedad and Parma last season.
This 21 year-old could be a decent signing for Newcastle, and then Newcastle would be able to sell loads of shirts in Kenya, not to mention the fan support the club could build up in that country.
Maybe even President Obama?
What do you think?