NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26 – The future of Harambee Stars captain and Celtic FC midfield stalwart Victor Wanyama has taken a new twist with the Scottish league and Cup champions slamming his agents for claiming the club is keen to force him to move to English side Southampton.
A Celtic spokesman issued a statement on Tuesday night admonishing Wanyama’s agents, Rob Moore and Ivan Modia who alleged that the Parkhead outfit was plotting to compel him to join Paulo Di Canio’s side according to Daily Mail.
“These negotiations, like any others, are carried out by Celtic in a proper, private and professional manner. Celtic carries out its business with integrity; we work to the highest standards and in the interests of the club, our supporters and indeed our players.
“We do not need to comment any further on this matter,” the Daily Mail website reported on Wednesday.
Moore and Modia had earlier stated, “The player will not be railroaded into a move that is not right for him.”
Wanyama has rejected a new Parkhead contract, despite an offer to double his wages, while he and his representatives have knocked back a move to Southampton which would have raked in a record £12m fee for Celtic.
Cardiff offered £10m (Sh1.35b) for the midfielder on Monday and are willing to meet the terms of both Wanyama and his agents.
Despite the fact that offer would smash the £9.5m record fee paid by Spartak Moscow for Aiden McGeady, however, Celtic have refused the Welsh club permission to speak to Wanyama.
Their manager Malky Mackay still hopes the bid will be the best on offer and that the SPL champions will reconsider — but he is weighing up a deadline for acceptance before moving on to other targets.