Wanyama may net Celtic bonus £1m

Sell-on clause wind­fall edges closer as Tot­ten­ham open talks over big-money move for Southamp­ton star

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL CAMERON

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

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