NEIL LENNON has confirmed The Celtic Star’s story that the Scottish Treble Treble winners were interested in signing former Hoops hero Victor Wanyama in the summer transfer window. And the Celtic manager refused to rule out trying again to bring the out of favour midfield powerhouse from Tottenham back to Celtic in the winter window which opens on 1 January.
“There was interest but it never got off the ground,” Lenny admitted to the media, as reported by Scottish Sun.
“Could we look at it again in January? We’ll have to wait and see.
“We might not want to with the balance of the squad now, as well as the affordability.”
High earner Wanyama was told that he was surplus to requirement at Spurs and the London club were keen to force through a transfer to Club Brugge in the Belgian league. They were prepared to pay £11million for Wanyama and offered him a lucrative 5 year contract.
However the former Celt stalled on the move, apparently holding out for a dream return to Glasgow.
The sticking point seemed to have centred on how much of Wanyama’s English Premier League wages Celtic were prepared to pay and when no deal was reached as the window closed all three clubs in the triangle were left frustrated and Wanyama was left out in the cold as far as playing football is concerned.
You get the feeling though that the inevitable return to Paradise will happen, especially with Neil Lennon in charge.
Meanwhile there’s talk of Jack Hendry getting a move to Portugal before their transfer window closes on 22 September. This has been widely reported across the media and one or two lazy sites this morning with the source being The Sunday People.
Apparently there are up to four Portuguese sides all vying for the signature of the Scotland international, who was one of those less than impressive Brendan Rodgers signings. Santa Clara, Tondela or Vitoria Guimaraes and second tier side Farense are apparently all after Hendry.
It’s like waiting for ages for a bus then two come along at once. In this case Celtic waited all summer to try to move Hendry on then miraculously there is a transfer window open and one, not not two, not three but four clubs are all forming an orderly queue to sign the Celtic player who plays in the same position as Virgil van Dijk.
Hendry, like Wanyama at Tottenham, is very much out in the cold at Celtic and is unlikely to get anywhere near the first team. And like Wanyama, who could have moved to Brugge, Hendry turned down the chance of a transfer to Kilmarnock choosing to stay on at Celtic.
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