Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Fergie Smart to Target Victor Wanyama

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2012

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Victor Wanyama of Celtic celebrates scoring during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Dundee on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Twenty-one-year-old Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is an exceptional talent whose stock is rising rapidly, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is smart to take notice. 

According to Mirror's David McDonnell, "Manchester are weighing up a January move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama." Sir Alex Ferguson's brother, Martin is a United scout and has watched Wanyama play on several occasions already this season according to McDonnell. confirmed the rumor via Twitter on Wednesday:

Celtic's Victor Wanyama has revealed he's aware of interest from Manchester United but admitted a move's not…

— Goal UK (@GoalUK) October 10, 2012


Wanyama, a Kenyan midfielder who excels defensively and while on the ball, boasts a strong frame and an unrivaled calmness in midfield. He's played the last two seasons with Scottish Premier League club Celtic. 

He has two goals on 10 shots in eight Scottish Premier League appearances in 2012-13, proving he can get forward as well as drop back in defense. 

Wanyama has seven goals in 54 appearances for the Celtic since 2011, but it's his toughness and sure tackling that makes him an invaluable contributor on the pitch. Take a look at some highlights from the Kenyan star.

The first thing that jumps out on tape is Wanyama's ability to remain in control of the ball under pressure and to keep possession while making runs through traffic.

According to McDonnell, "Celtic would want around £10 million for their midfield enforcer, but United feel they could land him for around £7 million." Of course we know there won't be any financial reasons keeping Fergie from getting what he wants.

United surely wouldn't mind investing in a 21-year-old player like Wanyama. The potential alone is worth the hefty price tag. 

With United trailing Chelsea in the English Premier League table this season, and rival clubs making additions of their own, it's vital that Fergie and United continue to retool in midfield and add multi-dimensional players like Wanyama. 

Clearly Sir Alex Ferguson knows what it takes to win. He's got the explosive Victor Wanyama on his radar and adding him would be the final step in what has been a genius target from Fergie.


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