Thursday 14 December 2017

Kenyan FA reveal Wanyama £12.5m Southampton move

Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama

Bob Williams

Victor Wanyama's protracted move from Celtic to Southampton has already been finalised, according to the Kenyan football association.

The Kenya midfielder is expected to seal his move within the next 48 hours but the Football Kenya Federation appears to have jumped the gun by announcing on their website: "Kenyan Football Players can now make a breakthrough to one of the world's top football leagues, the English Premier League after current Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama Mugube made history by signing for Premiership side Southampton.

"As a Federation we are extremely thrilled with this move by Victor, who has continued to be Kenya's football ambassador due to his exploits on the pitch.

"It is his sportsmanship and leadership qualities that led to the federation appointing him as the Stars captain. He has always honoured his call up to the Harambee Stars and every Kenyan should be proud of this move."

Wanyama (pictured) will reportedly move to the south coast for £12.5m, which represents a considerable profit on a player signed from Belgian outfit Beerschot AC for just £900,000 in July 2011.

Celtic agreed a transfer fee with Southampton early this summer but the move was called off after Wanyama's agent was upset with his cut. But these problems now appear to be resolved.

Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce does not anticipate making another attempt to sign Celtic striker Gary Hooper. The Tigers were unsuccessful with a bid for the 25-year-old, reported to be in the region of £4.5m, last month.

Burnley forward Charlie Austin had looked set to sign for the promoted club but a failed medical has scuppered the deal.

However, Bruce will not renew his interest in the former Scunthorpe striker, who reportedly cost the Scottish champions £2.4m in 2010, and who has also been linked with QPR and Norwich.

"We had a bid for him rejected and I can't see there being any change in that," Bruce said. "We've got other irons in the fire and we hope that we can get one or two strikers in before the start of the season.

"It's obvious that we struggled to score goals last season so that has got to be the aim for us. We've still got six weeks before the season starts and we're actively looking." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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