Thursday 11 July 2013

Southampton win race to sign Celtic's Victor Wanyama

22-year-old Kenya midfielder moves to South Coast for undisclosed fee on four-year deal

  • Pochettino, left, fought off competition from others clubs to sign Wanyama

  • Wanyama starred for Celtic against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League

Southampton have announced the signing of Victor Wanyama from Celtic. The Kenya midfielder, who turned 22 last month, moves for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year deal at St Mary’s.

"It feels great and I am happy to be here," Wanyama told the Southampton website. “There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to came here. 

"It means a lot because because it has been my dream to play in the Premier League"
Victor Wanyama

"Southampton is a good club and it has good players, so I just want to train hard and work hard to be a part of the starting XI. I've seen that the stadium is great and the dressing room is looking good, and I know some of the players. I hope they will help me and I think I will get along with the others, so it will be good.

"I am happy to be a part of Southampton's squad. It means a lot because because it has been my dream to play in the Premier League and now I am here."

Wanyama, who is captain of Kenya, was crowned as the SPL Young Player of the Year at the end of last season, when he made 49 appearances, scoring nine goals, including against Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League victory at Celtic Park last November.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the deal.

"I am very pleased to have secured the signing of Victor because we are a big admirer of his talents and he will fit in well to the team here at Southampton,” he said. "The fact that a lot of top European clubs were also keen to sign him shows what an attractive prospect Southampton Football Club is to a player who had his pick of the teams in England and abroad.

"I've watched him perform at the top level in the Champions League, and I believe that he will be a valuable addition to our Premier League squad for the season ahead."

Wanyama is Pochettino's second signing of the summer, after defender Dejan Lovren arrived from Lyon.

The club have also announced that Richard Chaplow's contract has been terminated and Vegard Forren, the defender who was bought from Molde in January, has been sold back to the Norwegian club.

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Key Points

  • Southampton sign Victor Wanyama for undisclosed fee on four-year deal
  • The 22-year-old Kenya midfielder joins from Celtic
  • Wanyama said it has been a dream to play in the Premier League