Born Offside will today look North of the border at Celtic’s top target; Kenyan starlet Victor Wanyama…

The 20-year-old midfielder has agreed terms with Celtic and could complete a move worth around £1m within 48 hours. Rangers, Aston Villa, Racing Genk and Standard Liege were all linked with the youngster but he has opted for Park Head.

And Neil Lennon could have signed yet another talented foreigner after Israeli Biram Kayal and Honduran Emilio Izaguirre impressed for the hoops last season. Wanyama is tall and powerful much the same as his older brother Macdonald Maringa who is currently at Inter Milan.

Wanyama expressed his delight ahead of the proposed move to Scotland:

“I am extremely excited, Celtic is a legendary club,” he revealed.

“I am looking forward to this, I have had a great time with GBA, and I look forward to the next chapter of my career at Celtic.”

Wanyama showed promise from an early age debuting for Kenya at just 15 in a unsanctioned FIFA match against Nigeria. He also started every game in Kenya’s failed World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign.

But it was his form for club side Beerschot AC in Belgium that alerted a host of clubs across Europe. Having made his debut in 2009 his first major incident of his career was a €100 fine for a violent tackle on Anderlecht’s Matias Suarez. His first goal for Beerschot came on 11th of December 2010, a 77th minute equaliser against Westerlo.

At the end of last season he was again banned for three matches after an elbow on Brecht Dejaeghere of KV Kortrijk. That did not put off Celtic who appear to have landed the midfielder.

While his short career so far shows he has a nasty side, the game in Scotland is very physical especially the Old Firm encounters. Wanyama will suit the derby perfectly.

 

 

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