Wanyama may net Celtic bonus £1m
Sell-on clause windfall edges closer as Tottenham open talks over big-money move for Southampton star
CELTIC could be in line for a payment of £1m in the coming weeks if Victor Wanyama completes his projected move from Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 24-year-old left Celtic Park for St Mary’s three years ago, with a clause in his contract giving the Scottish champions a share in the proceeds from any future transfer.
That share is believed to be around 15 per cent.
Spurs have made an initial offer of £11m for the Kenyan midfielder, who has a year to go on his contract.
Southampton appear ready to let him go, but will be looking for more than that.
The projected windfall for Celtic could rise even further if Ronald Koeman, the new Everton manager, goes back to Southampton for Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk.
The goalkeeper and the defender have similar sell-on clauses in their contracts, and have recently signed long-term deals with Southampton designed to increase the fee that any potential buyers would have to pay.
CELTIC were last night edging closer to a £1m summer windfall when it emerged their former midfielder Victor Wanyama was in talks regarding a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Southampton have reluctantly accepted the 24-year-old midfielder, in the final year of his contract, is moving on but would be looking for a bigger fee than the £11m which last season’s Premier League title challengers have initially offered.
When Celtic sold the Kenyan captain to Southampton three years ago, they inserted a clause in his contract which meant they would receive a cut of any future deal, believed to be around 15 per cent, which would come into affect once the transfer goes through.
The Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who bought Wanyama from Celtic, tried to bring the player to White Hart Lane last year and had a bid worth close to £20m rebuffed.
The fee this time will be lower, despite Southampton digging their heels in, because he has only a season left on his current deal.
It is believed talks have reached an advanced stage, there has been speculation it will be done and dusted over the next few days, and therefore Brendan Rodgers will have his transfer budget raised by at least £1m.
And that figure could rise even further if new Everton manager Ronald Koeman goes back to Southampton for Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk during this transfer window.
The Dutchman is expected to move for one or even both former Celts, who have similar clauses in their contract to that of Wanyama, and if even just one such deal came off, Rodgers would reap the benefit. A fee of about £20m would see the goalkeeper or defender follow Koeman to Goodison Park.
Both Forster and Van Dijk signed long-term contract recently and it is thought that such deals were put in place in order for Southampton to demand the biggest price they can for their prized assets.
And so while nothing has been finalised yet, Celtic are potentially in line for an extra £3-£5m, which has been promised to Rodgers. With Colin Kazim-Richards now gone and Carlton Cole expected to be released from his contract, the new Celtic manager has began the task of slimming down his squad.
And Emilio Izaguirre, who had said he would stay on despite having his place in the team taken by Kieran Tierney, may be on the move after six years in Glasgow.
Izaguirre’s first club in Honduras, Motagua – where he spent seven years – revealed they want to sign him again.
Motagua assistant manager Hugo Caballero said: “Emilio has indicated to us he would be willing to sign for Motagua. He has the blood of this club in his veins.
“He is ready to play for us for the new season and it would obviously be an incredible signing. “We’d love to see Emilio return.” Izaguirre is due to return to Glasgow in a couple of weeks to start pre-season training again before Celtic head off to Slovenia for pre-season friendlies.
CHEERS: A proposed big-money move by Tottenham for the Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama could give Celtic a financial bonus via sell-on clause