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Celtic's Victor Wanyama. Picture credit: Russell Cheyne / REUTERS

Celtic's Victor Wanyama. Picture credit: Russell Cheyne / REUTERS

Celtic's Victor Wanyama. Picture credit: Russell Cheyne / REUTERS

VICTOR WANYAMA will not be moving from Celtic to Southampton, according to the players' agent.

Combative Kenyan midfielder Wanyama (21) looks set to leave the Scottish Premier League champions after Celtic accepted a fee from Southampton for the 21-year-old, believed to be in excess of £12million.

However, Wanyama's representative Ivan Modia maintains there are no longer any talks with Southampton, and the player, who scored in the Bhoys' shock Champions League win over Barcelona last season, is likely to look elsewhere.

Premier League newcomers Cardiff are said to be monitoring Wanyama's situation, while Arsenal have also been linked in the past. "We are not in talks with Southampton and have not been since their final offer of terms, which was more than two weeks ago," Modia said.

"The news of the fee being agreed may just be coming out now, but we see little sense in a fee being agreed if there is no reasonable prospect of the player's terms being met.

"To suggest we are talking with Southampton is totally false, their offer was way below Victor's expectations. He has been with the club for two years now - without a pay rise - and has given them wonderful service ever since he arrived."

"Added to this is the fact that by Celtic refusing him permission to join Queens Park Rangers last summer, Victor lost more than £1million in potential salary earnings - yet he just kept his mouth shut and continued to be a model professional. Many other players may not have adopted this attitude, in the circumstances."


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