Gunners want to sign powerful enforcer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering a bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama as the Frenchman looks to boost his side’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, reports The Independent.
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The Gunners have reportedly told the Kenyan that he is being considered the fill their troublesome holding midfield role, although Celtic’s £10m asking price could prove a stumbling block – particularly when West Ham’s Mohamed Diame is available for just £3.5m.
Wenger has closely monitored Wanyama’s progress in the Bhoys successful Champions League campaign and has been impressed by the 21-year-old, who scored against Barcelona in the historic 2-1 win at Celtic Park.
With Abou Diaby frequently unfit, Arsenal’s midfield has looked lightweight this season, with classy Spaniard Mikel Arteta often occupying a deeper role in front of the back four.
Wanyama, who has been favourably compared to Gunners’ legend Patrick Vieira, also has the advantage of being able to cover at centre-half – another problem area for Wenger.
Manchester United are also interested in the Kenyan, however, and boss Sir Alex Ferguson was at Parkhead on Tuesday night to run the rule over the youngster according to the Daily Mail.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keen to keep hold of the Kenya international, who signed from Belgian outfit Beerschot in 2011 but is aware that a bidding war between United and Arsenal could be lucrative for the SPL club.
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