Saints boost as Cardiff end interest in Wanyama

Cardiff City’s interest in Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is over, after the Bhoys rejected two bids from the newly-promoted Welsh club, the Daily Mail has reported, perhaps allowing Southampton to reignite their interest in the 22-year-old.

Both bids from Cardiff were in the region of £10m, the second of which came with a 10% sell-on clause. It now appears that Malky Mackay’s side are not prepared to up their offer, having already spent a club record fee on Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, from FC Copenhagen.

Wanyama has long been expected to leave Celtic this summer, although with their manager Neil Lennon rating the youngster, who has played at Parkhead since 2011, extremely highly, it would take a large fee for the Scottish champions to be willing to allow Wanyama to move.

Southampton’s bid to sign Wanyama has also stalled, although Cardiff’s refusal to continue negotiations with Celtic may have handed them back the initiative. The Saints previously had an offer of £12m accepted, however, the terms of the deal were rejected by the player and his agents, leading to Celtic being accused of trying to ‘railroad Wanyama into a move to Southampton.

Mauricio Pochettino has already made one signing this summer, that of Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren.

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