Newcastle Linked With Top Kenyan International

Newcastle were first interested in Victor Wanyama of Celtic a couple of seasons ago,  and the 21 year-old Kenyan International is a versatile player who can play center-back, full back or in defensive midfield.


Victor Wanyama – would cost £10M

He was signed by Celtic in July two years ago, for just under £1M from Belgian club Beerschot AC, and he has since played 91 times with 13 goals for Celtic.

Wanyama has played for Kenya 25 times and a day or two ago, after Mark Hughes was appointed the new Stoke City manager, there was news he may go after the 6’2″ player with a £10M bid.

And that’s about what he would cost if Celtic are to allow one of their best players leave the Glasgow club this summer.

But it would seem the 21 year-old could be a good buy for Newcastle, if only because of his versatility, and he could play in different positions for Newcastle.

That would include center-back – and if captain Fabricio Coloccini leaves Newcastle this summer to return to Argentina, we’d need to bring in a replacement.

But Arsenal and Manchester United have also been linked with the player, and Newcastle would stand no chance of getting the player if those two big clubs are really interested in the player.

David Moyes was keen on the player last summer, but Everton couldn’t afford the then £7M fee, but at Manchester United that level of transfer money would not be a problem,  and  the Red Devils could move in for him.

The news is online in the Chronicle today – and as we said –  it’s the third summer in a row  that we’ve been linked with the Celtic powerhouse.

And Wanyama’s stock rose last season, after he gave some outstanding performances for Celtic in the Champions League.

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16 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    I think it’s a dead cert that this lad will end up at either Arsenal or Manyoo. Think we have enough players in his position (Midfield), seen him play in defence and he looks shaky in Scotland, so would be absolutely whipped in the Prem.

  • spitfire_

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    No chance at all.

  • IITianToon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Do we even have a preseaason schedule yet? When is the squad required to report back to training?

  • IITianToon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Guys Cabaye is the heartbeat of our team. When he plays well, we play well. Irrespective of who you replace him with, you must have seen that he has that physical bite about him, which makes him so ideal for the PL. Which players would be willing to come to Newcastle, and turn out to be as good a replacement.
    However I will sell him for > 25m euros.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5

    We will sign some inexperienced unproven players from Belgium, Holland or France and when they fold under the pressure of the EPL , Pardew will come out and blame their inexperience.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    25Toon-Prodigy // Jun 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    I agree, these billionaires can come and splash there money about all day for me.

    Benny, Tiote, Cabs, Santon, Colo should be on show from a stall doon the quayside this morning.

    Let these Monaco and PSG money men pull up in their yaughts and take there pick haha

  • sparky55

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    i wish ED would give us more time to discuss stuff before he puts up yet another blog…more time please ED!

    I hate being negative about this whole thing but when we do sell cabs and Hatem and Tiote, all the money we get will NOT go back into the team. We will be lucky to get 38 million for the three of them, 15 each for cabs and Hatem, and that will pay for carroll and some off pink replacements for the purples we’ve lost.

    Ashley will have 10 million more in the bank in August than he does now even after buying carroll.

    this club is not being run by owner who wants success…it’s being run for profit like everything else in Ashley’s life and as soon as spurs let him invest in their club he’ll dump us in a flash.

    Until such time prepare yourself for continual disappointment and don’t dare dream…you’re wasting your time

    On a positive note…we’re still in the premiership and we’ll enjoy some high and lows so business as usual…it’s the drug none of us can do without and we’ll put up with as much sh!te as is thrown at us because it’s the nature of the beast.

    All good fun!

  • Patoon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8


    I hope ur wrong, I think its a bit early 2 rite of Ashley, he invested in Jan and has told Pardew ther is money available this summer 2, the window hasn’t opened yet and maybe bcos of wot happened with Remy they are tryin 2 keep their moves under the cosh til the deals r done, the window isn’t even opened yet


    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Plzzz nxt players

  • beddersmag

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10


    If we sign inexperienced players and they fold surely blaming their inexperience is justified?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope he’s wrong too, but citing what Mike Ashley done in January I think makes it less likely that he’ll spend in the summer, and just because you’ve read somewhere money is available doesn’t mean anything, four quality players were promised last summer which proved to be a pack of lies.

  • dubzy

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    i here everyone on here name Younès Belhanda to replace cabaye ,there no chance of him coming here for less than £20m,but no has said anything about him team mate Rémy Cabella this guy is gunna be world class and only 23 and would cost £8-10mil perfect replacment for cabaye

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rémy Cabella<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

  • Timbuktoon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Although Wanyama is a good player, why spend £10m on a player like him when we have the likes of Tiote, Perch, Mapou and Anita who can all play in at least defensive midfield or as full backs (except Tiote). Yes, Perch and Anita are squad players and aren’t of great quality, but unless we sold Cabaye or Tiote to fund this (which would be risky and slightly panicked, as a player can still have a good season after having a poor one) I cannot see it happening.
    Also why would he leave Celtic for Newcastle?

  • Patoon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail for Ashley

    Hope ur wrong 2 lol, I think i’l retire from the blog til the season starts, maybe pray from now til then for NUFC

  • robertsleftfoot

    Jun 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #15

    So you are telling me newcastle are going to buy a lad who conor newton(on loan to st mirren last season) absolutely bossed twice last year and hes sitting in our reserves not getting a sniff yet we will give 10 mill for a lad who is getting played of our young on loan lads????????

  • sparky55

    Jun 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #16

    PATOON…Always a chance you’re correct and hope reality is somewhere in between but I just get the feeling the money he spent in Jan was money he had to spend in an effort to guarantee survival and that money has been taken out of the the summer fund.

    If he hadn’t spent the money in Janauary and we sold hatem and cabaye and tiote this summer and bought the same 5 we bought in Jan as replacements, we’d all be saying ‘disappointed but not too bad’

    problem now is…we’ll be selling club in the summer and not much will come (mainly carroll) so we will no doubt feel short changed at the end of the summer for sure


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