Was Victor Wanyama wrong to turn down Southampton?

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The Celtic midfielder has apparently snubbed a move to Southampton, and is waiting for Cardiff and other sides to agree a price with the Scottish club, has he made a mistake by turning down the Saints?

The particulars of a contract offer are never likely to be known to those outside the transfer negotiations, but what is clear in Victor Wanyama’s case is that Southampton’s approach did not meet his expectations.

The Celtic midfielder is set to move to the Premier League this summer, with several sides considering meeting the Scottish side’s £10million valuation, but has Wanyama already turned down his best opportunity?

Southampton have already demonstrated plenty of ambition this summer, signing Dejan Lovren and apparently lining up bids for Wanyama and his Celtic team-mate Gary Hooper, and with a battalion of young stars already on their books and the impressive Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, the Saints seem to be on a healthy upward trajectory.

If Wanyama had no fears about securing a first place at Southampton, which he might have considering the form of Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield last season, then a move to the South Coast must have been an attractive proposal for a young player keen to impress in the Premier League.

The Kenyan might still hope that a bigger side will come in for him, with Liverpool and Arsenal linked with a move for the 21-year-old in the past, but so far the firmest interest has come from Southampton and Cardiff, and waiting for a better offer could see Wanyama run out of options. Both Arsenal and Liverpool are currently considering other targets, and even if they did come in for the Celtic player, he would be far from guaranteed a first team place at either club.

If the refusal was completely based on financial concerns, then Wanyama’s looks to have made a poor decision. His next move will be crucial in his development, and turning down Southampton, where he would have a chance to shine in an exciting and upwardly mobile side, might turn out to be a mistake.

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