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Why Celtic´s Wanyama interest isn´t quite at an end

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Spurs look like being unable to send Victor Wanyama out on loan with the midfielder facing the axe from their Champions League squad.

Neil Lennon admitted that a loan move for the midfielder was outwith Celtic´s budget but there seems to be a shortage of clubs prepared to match the terms demanded by Spurs.

Daniel Levi likes to drive a good deal for his club but with virtually no meaningful playing time this season he may have to drop his asking price or be left with a player that appears to have no future under Jose Mourinho at his club.

Looking at Wanyama´s options The Standard reports:

Having fallen down the pecking order, life can only get tougher for Wanyama, with Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko preferred by Mourinho over him. The addition of Fernandes also poses a threat to his diminished playing time in London.

According to English outlets, Wanyama is becoming a problem to offload for Spurs.

The Evening Standard on Saturday reported the London-based club faced difficulty in selling Wanyama, with clubs registering ‘scanty interest’ in the holding midfielder.

Norwich City were said to be interested in the 28-year-old’s services but dropped their interest after the acquisition of Bundesliga duo Ondrej Duda and Lukas Rupp. David Moyes’ West Ham were also reported to be interested in Wanyama, but shifted interested to other targets including Sander Berge, Joe Allen and Nikola Maksimovic.

A return to his former club Celtic is also in doubt, with Neil Lennon’s side having completed the signing of Ismaila Soro.

The Evening Standard also reported Mourinho would have to axe some players from his Champions League squad, Wanyama being among those in contention. The team is only allowed 17 foreign players in the 25-man squad in the knockout rounds.

Wanyama’s playing time at Spurs could be coming to an end with potential escape routes fading.

Any loan move would have to suit the player with Wanyama perfectly entitled to sit tight on his Spurs contract unless the move suits him.

Celtic don´t appear to be in a big rush to sign their former midfielder on loan but if he remains at Spurs on January 31 there is bound to be speculation that he could follow Fraser Foster back to sign on loan for Lennon.

A couple of months playin for Celtic might just put Wanyama in the shop window to dispel doubts over his fitness in time for a summer transfer.

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