Strong, athletic, versatile; could this Celtic transfer target be the next Wanyama?

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Celtic are reportedly pursuing a deal for Genk star Kara Mbodj.

Celtic aren't expected to do a great deal of transfer business in the January window, but reports in the last 24 hours have suggested that manager Ronny Deila has his eye on one target in particular.

Genk's Senegal international Kara Mbodj has been linked with a number of Premier League sides including Newcastle and West Ham United, but Celtic are now allegedly hoping to beat them all to his signature next month.

Mbodj, 25, will be familiar to Deila after the duo were in Norwegian football; Deila was managing Stromsgodset whilst Mbodj was a key player for rivals Tromso.

Deila must have been suitably impressed with Mbodj given that he's trying to sign him now, and he will naturally earn comparisons to an ex-Celtic star.

Mbodj is a tall, physical player who dominates the opposition with his strength, even if his technical abilities aren't fantastic - which will see him likened to Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama, now with Southampton, joined Celtic from a Belgian club - Germinal Beerschot - back in 2011, which is another interesting similarity with Genk star Mbodj.

Yet one of the most intriguing likenesses is their positional versatility. Mbodj used to play in midfield for Tromso, which is where Deila could see him, but regularly plays at centre back for Genk.

Cast your mind back to when Wanyama arrived in Glasgow. Then-Celtic boss Neil Lennon played Wanyama at centre back for some time, before eventually pushing him forward into midfield where he found his home.

Mbodj could end up the same way in that he could play one position before reverting to another, and Celtic have missed that pure physical athlete in midfield since they sold Wanyama for £12.5m 18 months ago.

In Mbodj, they could finally land Wanyama's heir - and if he would have the same success as the Kenyan, all Celtic fans would be ecstatic.

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