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Good luck with that! "Southampton set sights on Celtic trio Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper and Fraser Forster."
Southampton have joined the English Premier League pack tracking Celtic’s title heroes.
Saints assistant boss Jesus Perez was at Fir Park on Sunday to check on the SPL champions as the south coast side plan their summer transfer strategy.
Victor Wanyama says he’s happy at Parkhead but the club may be tempted to sell if he doesn’t pen a new contract and runs down the last year of his deal. The midfielder, 21, would be attractive to the Saints.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders to ensure Saints remains in the EPL in his first six months in the job, but knows he must bolster the squad for next term.
And the form of Wanyama, striker Gary Hooper and England squad man Fraser Forster means that Southampton – along with top-flight rivals Norwich, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton – now see Scotland as a market worth exploring again.
Celtic failed to hit top form in a 3-1 loss, but the pedigree of their players is not in doubt after a terrific season in Europe.
Wanyama would be the pick of the players for the EPL vultures and could command a fee in the region of £8million if Celtic decided to sell.
That would represent a £7m profit for Celtic over two seasons but is a drop in the ocean to the richer English clubs.