This Newcastle Defender Target Is 21 Today


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?

Comments welcome.



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194 comments so far

  • davis_toons

    Jun 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    ? Just wasted it..

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  • davis_toons

    Jun 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2
  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    If he came in I’d reckon he’d be a starter straight away.

    Big, long legged, athletic and a great engine. Try breaking him and Tiote down and it’d be one of the hardest things to do.

    Who knows if we are even interested but he’d be a good purchase!

    Reckon he’ll have a clause in his contract too.

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  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe even president obama? Are you serious? What does this lad got to do with obama? I’m not saying it in public!

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  • davis_toons

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    ..some say he is the almost like Desailly (France)

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Asprilla you narrow minded simpleton Ed isn’t being racist. Obama is half Kenyan!!

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  • davis_toons

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Kenya was… Obama’s former literary agency misidentified his birthplace. (that’s how it comes abt)

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Obama was born in Hawaii but his dad was born in Kenya

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  • davis_toons

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    ok, thats was clearer…

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyway coming away from Barak Obama and back to Wanyama if we could get him on the cheap then it’d be a great deal.

    Yes the SPL is not the PL or even the championship but looking at him and his prowess, consistency, power, versatility, potential and size for a 21 year old he’d be a very good signing. Buy again I’m just clutching at straws.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Boys quit… obamas irish. And on wanyama good player, has a tendancy to drift in and out of a game but constistancy will come with experience.

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  • lukes26

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #12

    you mean O’Bama

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #13

    I think any player we sign will have featured in the Euros because if not then why hasn’t the deal been done during the championship?!

    Debuchy, De Jong, Tasci, Affelay, Elm, Özil,
    Moutinho, Llorente & De Rossi!

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #14

    @ luke26 haha yeah

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    How
    Long do you think wenate from revealing our next signing?

    A day, a week, a month or never?!

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Wneate???

    We are you moronic iPhone user you!!!

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Does anybody think we’ll do our all our business in the space of a few days and have one of those big press conferences with 4 players all say around Pardew as he presents them to the world?!

    Group picture anyone??

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #18

    If anybody sees me in the street shoot me and put me out of my misery!

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  • Zebras4Life

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #19

    I think any player we sign will have featured in the Euros because if not then why hasn’t the deal been done during the championship?!

    Debuchy, De Jong, Tasci, Affelay, Elm, Özil,
    Moutinho, Llorente & De Rossi!

    – De Rossi is garbage …Debuchy, DeJong or Castaignos, and especially Elm would be brilliant. (Chadli and Fer from Twente are fantastic too)

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Staff have been on vacation. Bids have been rejected. Other teams have targets playing the Euros holding up deals on talented back ups. e.g: If Man City buy Van Persie then they might sell Guidetti. Some players may want settle in the town before announcement of their being signed. We don’t have our cash fluid until certain date. Players want to wait to sign for us until we signed few Euro players. Ashley likes the thrill of deadline day or he’s just busy with doing other business deals.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Id like to think so beattie

    Think of te electricity we can save if we only have to have the light on in the press room once instead of for each singing.

    Could use that money to bring in another cabaye

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Wanyama looks like a good signing as he’s Kenyan but they very rarely qualify for the ACON (last time they qualified was 2004 and they went out in the 1st round) as their only really good players are Wanyama and Mcdonald Mariga. I won’t describe Wanyama’s attributes as my good friend Beattie has already given a good analysis of his abilities.

    Could see maybe us signing him and Anita with both very versatile as Wanyama could maybe be our 3rd choice CB but able to play CDM alongside Anita while Tiote was at ACON and Anita partnering Tiote but also able to move to LB if Santon suffers and injury.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #23

    I expect we’ll make improved bids for Debuchy, maybe £5.5-6M and Anita around £5M also i think one for Luuk de Jong as well as doubt we’ve already gone back in with £10M so maybe up that to £9M but if that’s rejected and Twente are defiant in their demands for £12M i’d go for Castaignos. To be all honest though if Castaignos is available for anything up to £6M i’d definitely prefer him that de Jong for £10M.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    My Ratings out of 10 of the England players who featured in the Euros.

    Hart: 8/10 – Some great saves + a top lad; definitely in top 5 best keepers in the world.

    Johnson: 7/10 – How this lad is not a winger i don’t know, always proved a threat on the overlap with good crosses and cuts inside also defended better than i’ve ever seen him do before but still suspect at times.

    Terry: 6/10 – fairly solid but definitely not the CB he used to be as proven against players such as Ibrahimovic. Can’t help but feel Ferdinand would have been better.

    Lescott: 7/10 – had to cover for a number of Terry’s lapses and played fairly solidly at the back with not many mistakes also a threat in the opponents box.

    A. Cole: 7/10 – England’s Mr Consistant &in my opinion the best LB in the world wasn’t unbeleivable but provided consistant performances defensively & attackingly however that pen was a shocker.

    Milner: 4/10 – no wonder he sits on the bench at Citteh! Contributed nothing this tournament and missed an absolute sitter vs France. Can’t play wide anymore probably would’ve been more effective in a 4-3-3 playing alongside Parker & Stevie G in CM.

    Parker: 7/10 – always gets stuck in & tries his very best for the side & i love a player like that. Tough tackler with some great break ups of the play but sometimes a bit too reckless.

    Gerrard: 8/10 – A captains’s tournament. Proved he is still a world class performer with a diverse set of passes, good tackling and overall leadership. Great vision led to many England chances; some taken better than others.

    Young: 3/10 – his penatly summed up his Euros. Awful, poor, woeful Young as all of these plus more. Never ever posed an attacking threat. Just horrendous. England’s worse player (taking into account how good he can be)!

    Welbeck: 6/10 – difficult to mark Danny as he played well vs France & Sweden but awfully vs Ukraine & Italy. I was close to giving him a 5 but he showed some great commitment this tournament and i think he has the potential to be a top striker for England but he needs to find consistancy. Great goal vs Sweden & in my opinion was England’s best player vs France.

    Rooney: 5/10 – It would’ve been lower if he’d played more games. Wayne proved yet again that he cannot be a world class player as he failed to show the ability he produces at Man Utd on the International stage. The lad seems to tries hard but just lacks spark or confidence to create any magic for England + loses the ball far too much.

    Carroll: 6/10 – Despite being a Judas, Carroll did show signs of his former self here. I still think he’s overrated but you cannot deny he always causes defences problems with his height & strength also works hard but apart from that doesn’t offer too much else.

    Chamberlain: 6/10 – should have started ahead of Young he looked bright vs the French. Definitely a potential world class star for England.

    Walcott: 6/10 – great impact sub vs Sweden as his pace was unstoppable but i think he wasn’t used enough and probably should’ve started ahead of Milner as his pace would’ve caused problems.

    Defoe & Henderson: 5/10 – did not feature enough realky to get given a mark but did not really provide much so middle for diddle for both the lads.

    Hodgson: 7/10 – knew we weren’t going to do to well this tournament but made some good decisions i.e. starting Carroll vs Sweden & bringing Walcott on as an impact sub in the same game also for starting Welbeck vs France (many believed he’d have chosen Carroll or Defoe ahead of him) in addition he set down the basics and made England hard to beat so not a bad start by Roy. On a negative we still looked like a boring side most of the time & sone squad selections such as Downing & Kelly were bizzare as were omissions of Ferdinand & Richards etc.

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Beattie – your misery is self-inflicted.
    But – you could have a thought for the rest of us!

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #26

    @ beattie, be oldschool that! Love to see 3,4 players unveiled at one press conference. Lads title winning 11;
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ kul
    ~debuchy~~~tasci/mbiwa~~~colo~~santon
    ~~~~~~~~~~tiote~~~~~wanyama
    Ben Arfa~~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~Elia
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cisse

    Very unrealistic we will sign these four. But think about it all this would cost under £30m? Elia is available for just £5m, be ambitious pards!!

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Heard rumours we’ve been looking at Montpellier defender/midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Stambouli

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Jun 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Also heard we might be able to take advantage of a loop-hole in the contract of Caen striker M’Baye Niang.
    Heard a lot about this lad, could be an excellent signing if the rumours are true.

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Jun 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #29

    One more piece of gossip doing the rounds is that Blackburn Rovers have enquired about Dan Gosling.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #30

    http://dhingrah.blogspot.in/

    one of my articles, see if any of you have time to read

    Thanks

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  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Jun 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #31

    @Beattie25 Lol I get it… Guys any news when will the home kit for next season be release? I’ve seen club brugge’s kit, most likely it will be the same template…
    http://www.footballkitnews.com/5933/new-club-brugge-kit-2012-2013-puma-club-brugge-home-shirt-12-13/

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Stambouli and Cabella are good upcoming players in Montpellier and with Giroud gone they might follow suit but they have CL with Montepellier.

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  • G

    Jun 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Off topic, has anybody seen Sunderland’s new sponsorship deal? They will be wearing a logo on the sponsors area for a not-for-profit organisation called ‘Invest in Africa’, which is backed by some indepenent oil company called ‘Tullow Oil’, who’s top kiddy had this to say:
    ” And Aidan Heavey, chief executive of Tullow Oil, is convinced Sunderland’s involvement will reap significant rewards.

    He said: “There’s a huge, growing population – the biggest young population on the planet is in Africa, and they are football-mad.

    “Sunderland will become THE Premier League club in Africa. Everybody will be wearing the Sunderland shirt, every kid in every school will want a Sunderland shirt which says ‘Invest in Africa’, believe me.”

    Just thinking, will it be really be that unusual to see starving deprived kids wearing mackems tops?

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  • G

    Jun 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #34

    @post31 – The last I heard about the kit, was the belief that this is the actual home kit for next season:

    http://www.nufcfans.co.uk/in-other-news-is-newcastle-uniteds-new-home-kit/

    Still looks a bit ‘shopped’ to me like.

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  • JackNUFC

    Jun 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #35

    As most of my mates are Celtic fans i tend to watch the majority of their games.

    This guy is no where near ready to get into our starting XI, and if we were to sign him i reckon he is only worth 3-4 million maximum. Not something stupid that Neil Lennon suggests he is worth like 6-7m

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  • G

    Jun 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #36

    @35. Always difficult to judge players coming from SPL. I must admit, until we signed him, I thought Boumsong looked class. That didn’t turn out too well.

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jun 25, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Has debuchy not signed yet like ffs

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Probably better we go for Anita then Jack.

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  • nufc786

    Jun 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #39

    http://whatculture.com/sport/newcastle-united-transfer-news-chelseas-paulo-ferreira-is-debuchy-alternative.php

    The grass is always greener on the other side, unless Cheick Tiote has been there. In which case the grass is most likely soaked in blood and tears.

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