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Saints to complete record deal for Wanyama as Celtic midfielder agrees £12.5m move

Scottish football’s record transfer is set to be completed on Wednesday with Victor Wanyama poised to finalise a stunning £12.5million move to Southampton.

The Kenya international midfielder was due to start the Parkhead club’s thumping 6-2 friendly defeat to German Second Division side Greuther Firth on Tuesday night but it is understood he remained behind at the club’s training base on the outskirts of Munich as talks with the Premier League side moved towards a conclusion.

The bumper fee offered by Saints had already been accepted by Celtic previously, before the deal broke down due to personal terms being rejected by Wanyama and his agents.

But if the big money move goes through today, as expected, the Wanyama deal would break the previous record for a transfer by a Scottish club, the £9.5million paid by Spartak Moscow for Celtic and Ireland winger Aiden McGeady in 2010.

And to get that kind of fee for a player they landed from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot in 2011 for just £900,000 represents the coup de grace for Celtic’s policy of scouting talented up-and-coming but little known young talents.

But while the loss of Wanyama would be a financial boost, with the money set to be reinvested in a replacement and fresh contracts for remaining stars, the 22-year-old’s name now looks to be added to a lengthy injury list for the Scottish Champions ahead of their visit to Belfast to play Cliftonville next Wednesday.

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lucas21 · Liverpool fan

@MB_Ktubes I think I remember TAW talking about how all the premier league teams were given 30mil$ in because of some new tv deal, my memory could be telling me bollocks but I think I heard that...

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AFC_Harry34 · Arsenal fan

Fantastic signing, should be at a better club than Southampton in my opinion

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CelticFC1888 · Celtic fan

@Villa-Rich Southampton will be looking at a European place next season with the team they are bulding.

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TittleTan · Stockport County fan

Southampton are going places trust me!

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Villa-Rich · Aston Villa fan

Lol he's that good he's signing for Southampton

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MB_Ktubes · Liverpool fan

LOL. I signed Wanyama for Southampton on FIFA earlier in the year. Fate? I wanna know where Southampton are getting all this money from. They were linked with Damiao the other day too. Surely they've learnt their lesson after last time when the spent beyond their means right?

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