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Victor Wanyama: From champion to mid-table man?

As stories continue about the future of the Celtic midfielder, where are all the bids from the big boys?

A lot of lies are told in regard to football transfers. And people get away with them because they are not the usual type of lie. They are designed not to hurt but to generate excitement and, of course, sell papers.

The rumour mill’s fact-to-fiction ratio has not yet been calculated. But while even the unlikeliest of stories may contain a sliver of truth, hindsight proves that fans of all clubs spend a considerable amount of time daydreaming about impossible scenarios.

One player who has been linked with almost half the clubs in the Premier League is Celtic’s Victor Wanyama.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been mentioned in the past, with Liverpool and Everton reportedly entering the race in recent days.

Although “race” doesn’t quite seem the word; because for all those column inches only two clubs have bid for the player this summer – Southampton and Cardiff City.

The Saints offer of £12million was accepted, only for the player to turn down a move to the south coast. And while Cardiff’s initial bid of £10million was rejected, they are believed to be willing to improve that, with the player set to decide his future this week.

If the player is waiting for an offer from a bigger club, he could be left twiddling his thumbs. Or he might know something we don’t.

But the simple fact is for all the oft-reported interest, his admirers seem happy to watch from afar; perhaps in the knowledge that he would be cheaper in a year, or perhaps because they just aren’t that bothered.

There is no doubt Wanyama is a very good player, and at just 22, there is no rush for him to move on. But having reportedly attracted interest from five of last year’s top seven, £12million doesn’t seem that much if they were desperate for his services.

If he does ultimately join Cardiff, perhaps it will put some of those earlier reports into perspective – just clubs and players seemingly picked from separate hats to form a single headline.

Then again he could be playing for any one of those five clubs in the seasons to come, in which case everyone knew what they were doing all along.

Or could he remain at Celtic Park, winning trophies and chalking off Champions League grounds? That doesn’t sound a bad option to me.

What do you think would be the best option for Wanyama?  And is he good enough to play at the highest level?

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