Scottish giants Celtic have rejected Cardiff City’s request to begin transfer talks with Victor Wanyama.
On Saturday Goal reported that Liverpool, Everton and Cardiff had also joined the hunt for Wanyama, though Southampton had hoped to steal a march on their rivals with a £12 million [€14m] bid accepted.
On the day the Park head side were drawn to face tiny Belfast outfit Cliftonville in a Champions League qualifier, Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was weighing in with a £10million bid for Celtic’s prized midfielder.
With Wanyama and his agents rejecting a £12m switch to Southampton, Cardiff made a formal written offer to Celtic yesterday morning and are willing to meet the 21-year-old’s wage demands.
Celtic, however, brushed the approach aside — insisting that Southampton’s offer better reflects the player’s true valuation.
They remain keen to kick-start talks with the South Coast club but, despite claims in some media outlets yesterday, Sportsmail understands there is little chance of Wanyama heading for Southampton.
Indeed, Wanyama’s representative, Ivan Modia, said: “It is completely untrue that we are holding talks with Southampton. They were made aware some weeks ago what the player was looking for.
“At that time they were not prepared to meet that so, as far as we are concerned, discussions with Southampton ended some weeks ago.
“The player is in Kenya and has no immediate plans for a quick return. The player will not be railroaded into a move that is not right for him.”