Manchester United Linked to Celtic Star Victor Wanyama

Simon EdmondsCorrespondent INovember 8, 2012

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Victor Wanyama of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Celtic and Barcelona at Celtic Park on November 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland..  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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For the past year the name Victor Wanyama has been slowly building notoriety amongst elite footballing circles.

Since arriving at Celtic in the summer of 2011 from Belgian side Beerschot AC for the not-so-princely sum of £900,000, the Kenyan superstar has been impressing almost anyone who has had the good fortune to see him play.

Acting as a defensive holding midfielder, Wanyama quickly proved that he was not going to be remembered at Celtic Park as nothing more than a comedic cult player.

His immense cool with the ball at his feet coupled with his inert ability to tackle (sometimes even filling in at centre back when required) are skills that many defensive minded players would do well to emulate.

Understandably with all of these positives clocking up in favour of the 21-year-old, there was always going to be interest from other clubs of a somewhat higher pedigree than the Scottish champions.

Last week, Neil Lennon told all potential buyers that they would have to fork out as much as £25 million to secure the African's signature—a price that scared all of the clubs with an eye on the young man temporarily away.

However, with his match-winning performance against the "unstoppable" Barcelona last night now under his belt those top clubs may be starting to reconsider splashing the cash to lure in the conqueror of Messi and co.

Reports from the Daily Mail suggest that Manchester United may lodge an initial £12 million bid this January to test the waters at Celtic.

It would be a great surprise if this was enough to see the Scottish giants selling one of their best players, but there is no harm in letting the club, and Wanyama's agent, know that they are very keen on taking the Kenyan off their hands.

Victor not only halted the famous Barcelona attack last night, but also managed to score the first goal in their unforgettable 2-1 victory.

If this is a sign of things to come from the young superstar then the world may be about to witness its next great African sensation.