Manchester United Transfer News: United Step Up Chase for Victor Wanyama

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IINovember 9, 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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Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their chase for Celtic star Victor Wanyama after watching the Celtic midfielder lead his side to an improbable victory over Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League during the week.

The 21-year-old has been on the radar of several clubs in the English Premier League for some time now, and due to his strong performance against the Spanish giants, has continued to raise interest about a possible move over the upcoming winter transfer window.

Per The Daily Mail:

Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Sportsmail first revealed United's interest in July and have kept a keen eye on his [Wanyama's] progress.

Last week, manager Neil Lennon said he was worth £25 million.

However, Premier League clubs are likely to offer around £12 million in January with United weighing up their move. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants another midfielder, and Wanyama's age will also appeal.

Wanyama, who made his debut for Kenya at just 15, is contracted to Celtic until 2014 and has already rejected an offer to improve his deal.

There is no doubt the prospect of seeing Victor Wanyama alongside the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney in midfield with Robin van Persie in attack is a wonderful thought and prospect for United and their fans.

The 21-year-old Kenyan is an imposing midfielder who can get through a high work rate in defense yet still contribute to the attack effectively—something that will please manager Sir Alex Ferguson and perhaps lend him to the current playing style of the Red Devils.

Despite playing as a central midfielder, Wanyama currently leads all Celtic players in goals this season in the Scottish Premier League (per WhoScored) and showed against Barcelona that he is certainly capable of beating other strong central midfielders.

Wanyama has averaged a team-high 3.8 tackles and two interceptions per game through the Champions League so far—statistics which will no doubt encourage the Red Devils, who are seeking another central-midfield alternative to Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes given their age.

Tom Cleverley is coming along in his development at Old Trafford, and the likes of Anderson and Darren Fletcher are both alternatives for Ferguson to use throughout the season, but the addition of Wanyama would be simply incredible.

Anderson would be allowed to play wider, as could Cleverley if Carrick or Scholes was used, and United would not have lost anything defensively or in attack.

In fact, they would have gained talent and skill in both areas with Wanyama—that's just how good this 21-year-old Kenyan could be at United.

Couple that with the fact that he would have the likes of Rooney, Scholes, Carrick and indeed Sir Alex Ferguson to learn off and grow under, and the development of Wanyama could lead to incredible things for the Red Devils in both England and Europe for many seasons to come.

That is, if he makes a move to Old Trafford over the summer.

United will have to beat off several Premier League clubs to sign the talented midfielder including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Fulham, and will have to offer the Scottish club enough money for it to be worth their while to let go of their prized attacking possession.

But if both of those happen over the winter transfer window, then the Red Devils would truly be a scary side to face this season—perhaps even one of the toughest sides currently existent in world football.

They're already top of the Premier League table and undefeated in the Champions League; how they can improve from there is a truly formidable prospect.

That is, if United make a move for him.


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