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Celtic coach Lennon: I will have the final say on whether Victor Wanyama will leave

Celtic coach Lennon: I will have the final say on whether Victor Wanyama will leave

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Despite a host of clubs from England eying the Kenyan midfielder, the Parkhead boss insists he will not be bullied by wealthy predators to sale

Scottish giants’ Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he will not be bullied by wealthy English predators to sale Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Parkhead boss instead, says he will have the final say on any bids for his players next month.

Lennon is well aware that Celtic’s achievements in the Champions League have attracted the interest of some leading Premiership clubs. Liverpool and Southampton have been linked with moves for Gary Hooper, while Wanyama continues to feature high on Manchester United's wanted list.

Lennon, though, remains adamant it would take an 'astronomical' offer for Celtic to part with one of their prize assets during the January transfer window while they chase success in four competitions.

And the manager believes it should be down to him - rather than the board - to make the decisive call about whether any cash put forward is acceptable.

“As I have said before, everyone has their price and I think I will have a say in the decision if a huge bid comes in for any of the players,” Lennon told the Daily Mail.

“But I don't want them to go. I want them to see this season out anyway and make a real fist of the competitions. There are not many teams still going on four fronts - including the Champions League - with half the season gone.”

Lennon is confident Celtic are close to agreeing a new contract with Hooper, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2014, while talks also remain on-going with Wanyama's agent.

United were linked to Wanyama on Thursday after it emerged that Nani could be leaving the Old Trafford outfit.

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