Victor Wanyama has told Football Scotland that he would love to re-join Celtic and have one ‘last go’ at the Premiership after seeing a transfer back to Parkhead blocked last year.
The Kenya midfielder left the Bhoys for Southampton in 2013 for £12.5m after two-years in green-and-white. Netting the Hoops £11m in profit, having joined the Glasgow giants from Belgian club Beerschot for just £900k.
Wanyama made 91 appearances for Celtic across all competitions and helped the Parkhead natives to win two Premiership titles. Before going on to feature 97 times for Southampton and seal an £11m move to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 30-year-old was a key figure in north London during his first season as a Spurs player. But injuries meant he soon lost his place and was ultimately frozen out, opening a door to return to Parkhead in January 2020. Yet one Tottenham slammed shut.
Wanyama explains why Celtic return fell through
Wanyama has explained that Tottenham’s demands for a transfer priced Celtic out of any potential deal. Even though he was willing to take a pay cut to wear green-and-white again and remains eager to one day.
“I had a contract at Tottenham and they were very difficult to let me go,” Wanyama said. “The demands were very hard. Celtic was a club that I would love to play for again and again. It’s more than a club. I enjoyed my time there.
“I honestly want to come back and give it a last go because I love the club, the people there, the fans. Just everything there was great. They give the players everything to go on the pitch and perform. Everything was just on top.
“There was a loan approach, but I don’t know what happened. I didn’t follow it up that much. I spoke to Neil [Lennon], as well, and he said to me ‘it’s difficult with the demands’ and at that time they didn’t have the money to make it happen. But it is what it is.”
Where did Wanyama go after Tottenham?
Wanyama eventually left Tottenham in the summer of 2020 after Spurs blocked a transfer to Celtic that winter. He joined Major League Soccer franchise Montreal Impact, now CF Montreal, on a free transfer and has since got his career back on track.
The 64-cap Kenya international made 24 appearances in his debut season and has made 26 already so far this year. He has also scored twice and worn the captain’s armband 11 times this term. Proving key for Wilfried Nancy on a £34k-a-week deal running to the end of 2022. Potentially, then, closing the door for Wanyama to seal a transfer back to Celtic soon.