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Celtic’s Neil Lennon Admits Signing Victor Wanyama is ‘In His Thoughts’

Celtic’s Neil Lennon Admits Signing Victor Wanyama is ‘In His Thoughts’

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted re-signing Victor Wanyama is ‘in his thoughts’ – but admits a deal for the Kenyan midfielder is unlikely.

The Hoops are known to be in the market for reinforcements during the January transfer window, and have already captured striker Patryk Klimala and are expected to sign midfielder Ismaila Soro in the coming week.

But, as we’ve told you previously, Wanyama – who played for Celtic between 2011 and 2013 – continues to be linked with a return to Glasgow, as he looks to have been unable to convince new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho of his worth to the north London club.

Speaking after last night’s 2-1 victory over Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup fourth-round, Lennon addressed the rumours, and said via the Herald: “Victor’s in my thoughts but could we afford him?

“I doubt it very much.

“The problem is where do you fit him in, with bringing Soro in, if we also have [Scott] Brown, [Nir] Bitton, [Callum] McGregor, [Olivier] Ntcham.

“I don’t think that’s going to be an option.

“Ideally, you would have a little more experience coming in.

“We have a couple of plates spinning in terms of players who are not playing on a regular basis who need to get out and play, so that might leave a little bit more room for manoeuvre to bring one or two more in.

“It [experience] could help. In the last game we looked like we lacked a little bit of nous and experience, a little bit of physicality, so they are areas we’re looking at to bring in.

“What we are looking for is to add one or two, like an [Mohamed] Elyounoussi type, who are ready to come in and play straight away with a bit more experience and more physicality.

“But we’ve got good experience. We were in this position this time last year as well, which will stand them in good stead going forward.”

Of course, Celtic don’t necessarily need to sign Wanyama, but how important could adding a player of his quality and experience be in the Premiership run-in?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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