Celtic handed boost in plot to bring back former Neil Lennon favourite in January window


Celtic may have a better chance of landing Victor Wanyama the second time around as they consider a move before the January transfer window opens, according to reports.

The Kenyan, 28, has fallen out of favour at Tottenham and nearly left the club in August before a move to Club Brugge collapsed.

According to Goal, Celtic could return for their former midfielder after failing with an approach earlier this summer.

And Wanyama might be more receptive to a move, with his wage demands seeming to have been prohibitive previously.

Wanyama was one of the Bhoys’ star players during his time at Celtic Park and his performances under Neil Lennon earned him a £12.5million move to Southampton in July 2013.

Arguably his most memorable moment in green and white was the goal he scored in the famous Champions League win over Barcelona.

The Northern Irishman admitted last month that the club were exploring the idea of re-signing the 28-year-old.

“There was interest but it never got off the ground,” Lennon said.

“Could we look at it again in January?

“We’ll have to wait and see. We might not want to with the balance of the squad now, as well as the affordability.”

The Times claim that Wanyama will be transfer listed by Tottenham, who will look to offload him at the next available opportunity.

Mauricio Pochettino is looking to clear out his squad in order to freshen things up and get out of their slump.

Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Serge Aurier and Danny Rose are also set to be pushed towards the exit door.

Pochettino made it clear at the start of the season when Wanyama was seemingly Belgium-bound, that he’d stagnated which was the reason he was set to be sold.

“It’s all about performance. Football is for today and tomorrow, not yesterday. You need always to show that you are there and deserve [to be there],” Pochettino said.

“In the case of Victor, he suffered an injury and another player stepped up and took his place. We are in a team, we are not a charity.

“I am making clear the answer is not about Victor, but we are not a charity – it is about performance and the coaching staff have a lot of different options to play different players.

“I am the coach, I need to take the decision and hope it will be right. Victor is a very important player and, for different circumstances, went backwards.”


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