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Beram Kayal keen to replace Victor Wanyama at Celtic

The Israeli midfielder believes he can step up if Wanyama leaves Celtic this summer.

After being backed by Celtic manager Neil Lennon to be a key player next season, 25-year-old Beram Kayal has come out to say that he can be the man to replace Victor Wanyama should the Kenyan leave the SPL champions this summer.

Kayal enjoyed an excellent season for Celtic when he joined in 2010, receiving similar attention to that which Wanyama has been subject to since this summer, but a long-term injury in December 2011 ruled him out for 18 months.

The Israeli was fit to take his place alongside Wanyama in Celtic’s midfield last season, but struggled to maintain his form.

However Kayal has said that should he be the man Lennon turns to fill the void left by Wanyama, he is ready for the challenge of proving he is back to his best.

"I'm happy if the gaffer says I'm the man to come in and play all the games," Kayal told the Daily Record.

"Victor's a great player, and a great friend to me, too.

"If he goes, we'll be losing a great player and a great friend and I'll work hard to get into the team. I just want to come back and show everyone the real Beram Kayal. 

"I'm 100 per cent and can play all the games and give my best.”

Southampton and Cardiff are so far leading the chase for Wanyama, with the Saints recently making a new bid after being turned down by the Kenyan in June.

Cardiff have apparently not been able to agree a fee with Celtic so far, leaving Southampton an opening to come back in for the player, who played a starring role Neil Lennon’s side in their Champions League run last season.

Celtic are resigned to losing the 22-year-old, with Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal previously linked with the player, who is valued at around £12million.

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