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Sinking Gunners in Wanyama link

WANYAMA-BARCA-1LONDON, England, January 21- Victor Wanyama has become the latest January transfer target for Arsenal as manager Arsene Wenger desperately seeks to bolster a side that is rapidly falling out from the top of the English Premier League (EPL).

According to reports, Arsenal are considering a ₤10m (Sh1.39b) bid for the Harambee Stars midfielder currently playing for Scottish league leaders Glasgow Celtic.

The Gunners have joined London rivals Fulham in expressing interest in the Kenyan who could be viewed as a replacement for the departed Cameroonian, Alex Song at the base of the midfield.

Additionally reports the Daily Mail, Arsenal have been offered long term target and French international, Yoann Gourcuff on loan by French Ligue 1 side, Lyon.

The French club are keen to off-load the 26-year-old’s £80,000 (Sh11.12m) a week wages.

Last month, it was reported that Wanyama, who has stalled on contract extension talks at Celtic despite having two years left in his current deal was linked with EPL leaders, Manchester United.

Kenya have never qualified for a World Cup and have never made it past round one of an Africa Cup of Nations tournament, meaning that a lot of hope is being rested on the potential that the anchorman holds; a potential that Ferguson is known to be a fan of when conducting transfer business.

And it would seem that United will have plenty of time to get as much as possible out of the Celtic star who, despite being just 21 years, is already one of the SPL’s most promising talents.

In recent years, with his future at the club coming to its inevitable ending, Sir Alex Ferguson has sought to sign and nurture a number of youthful starlets as well as those academy products already at the club.

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Some of the supposed stars of tomorrow would appear to be the likes of Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, Alexander Büttner, Rafael, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as well as others.

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