Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Should Secure Victor Wanyama Signing

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

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 would strengthen its squad by signing Victor Wanyama this January.

Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC reported the Red Devils would put up a bid for the Celtic midfielder before the transfer window closes:

Manchester United are set to make an £8 million bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama before the January transfer window closes, ESPN understands.

Although Celtic are likely to reject the offer because of the player’s importance to them - he scored in the home Champions League win over Barcelona - it would send a statement of United’s intent to move to the front of the pack chasing his signature.

While the chances are slim, Manchester United needs to try everything it can to make this happen. While clearly a strong side, United have weaknesses.

The Red Devils' seven-point lead might be tough to overcome for Manchester City and Chelsea, so the Premier League isn't a huge worry at this moment. In order to win the Champions League, though, United must address the midfield.

Wanyama is the kind of hard tackler/ball-winner that is missing at Manchester United. The club has central midfielders and attackers who are strong when running at goal, but none of them are suited to sit in front of the back four.

That's where Wanyama is at his best. His physicality would be perfect for the Premier League. He can get a bit carried away at times, but he'd likely learn the limits of his tackling the longer he plays in the league.

He's not simply a defensive midfielder, either. Wanyama is more in the mold of other box-to-box midfielders like Yaya Toure and Marouane Fellaini already in England.

That's not to say he's already at that level. At only 21 years old, the Kenyan midfielder still has a lot of work to do.

His ball skills, though, are very good, especially at this stage in his career, for a player who sits so deep in the midfield. Wanyama can spray passes and link the back four to the attack further up the pitch.

With his six league goals this season, Wanyama has also shown he can be a threat in the attacking third as well.

He's a much better option than the other player mentioned in Delaney's article: Kevin Strootman.

Strootman has all the makings of becoming another fantastic Dutch midfielder. He's more of a pass-master. Strootman's best role is in the center of midfield. He can't offer much in the defensive end.

As a result, he wouldn't do much to address what have consistently been United's problems. Strootman would also likely be a more expensive option than Wanyama.

Despite the long odds, Wanyama to Old Trafford is a move that needs to happen.