The Premier League interest in Victor Wanyama seems to have changed dramatically from the days where he was linked as the next big thing at huge sides like Manchester United to the now much more seemingly realistic options.
In a way it’s an opportunity for some of the lower profile sides to get after him and secure the services of a fantastic midfield enforcer ahead of the new season this August.
We’ve taken a look at the current clubs interested in him, assessing how he’d got on with each and their chances of signing him.
Cardiff would be able to offer Wanyama an odds on starting place in every single game the club faces over the new season. He could nail down a role as the club’s primary holding midfield player.
Their chances of getting him are hampered by the lower profile of the club when compared with his current team Celtic, plus the fact Celtic offer him a better chance of domestic success as well as the chance to play in the Champions League.
Liverpool definitely need an enforcer style player in their midfield, which is going to need protection next season. Brendan Rodgers is using and buying a lot of younger and smaller players which means someone like Wanyama would be perfect for the current side.
Their chances of signing him would rest on being able to get a good value deal, which isn’t probably possible because of the fact Celtic have made it clear they don’t want to sell him so any deal would be likely to involve a huge fee.
Newcastle United are an intriguing possible destination for the fact that Alan Pardew doesn’t actually get to decide which players he can sign. A Wanyama to Newcastle deal would depend on Joe Kinnear, which may make the deal impossible.
Newcastle are certainly a big enough club to be able to offer a competitive fee to sign him and they will be appealing to the midfielder because they are one of the best supported clubs in the country.
The Saints are in a similar position to Cardiff in the respect that they could offer Wanyama regular football and they could offer him the chance to play in a side that plays some very attractive football.
However, they too lack the European football which could currently be provided with Celtic and they don’t have the same sort of calibre in terms of club size as Liverpool or Newcastle United.
Stoke would be an ideal club for Wanyama because of the aggressive, strong and physical style of football they play, which they have become infamous for in the Premier League.
They may struggle to get to Celtic’s valuation of the player but Wanyama could find the prospect of playing alongside players similar to him in terms of size and style, a very attractive proposition.
Is it between Liverpool and Newcastle? What do you think?
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