Wanyama: I'm aware of Manchester United rumors but still happy at Celtic

The defensive midfielder's reputation continues to grow in Scotland and a number of Premier League clubs - including the Red Devils - are closely monitoring his progress
Victor Wanyama says he has heard about apparent interest in him from Manchester United but believes any talk of an imminent move is just speculation at this stage.

The Celtic midfielder is enjoying a growing reputation in the game since joining the SPL champions from Belgian side Beerschot AC for just 900,000 pounds in the summer of 2011.

At the weekend, press reports suggested Sir Alex Ferguson’s side was keen to make a January move to sign the powerful Kenyan, who is also comfortable playing in defense.

Goal.com understands United has indeed scouted the player on more than one occasion but that any talk of a formal move is premature and not in the pipeline at this stage.

"I have heard a lot about my intended move to several clubs, the latest being Manchester United," Wanyama said to SuperSport.

"Personally I just think those are rumors. My focus now remains with my team Celtic, whom I want to help in both our domestic competitions and the Champions League.

"Leaving Celtic will not be easy. They cannot just let me go as easily as many people think they will.

"All in all am happy here and looking forward to continue playing for them as I work hard in my career."

Celtic is keen to extend Wanyama’s contract with the club to reward the 21-year-old for his rapid progress, even though his current deal does not expire until the summer of 2015, putting it in a strong position when it comes to negotiations with other clubs.

As well as United, Arsenal and Fulham have been credited in holding an interest, while QPR are the only Premier League club to have so far made an official offer for the player – the bid arriving in the closing stages of the summer transfer window - but Mark Hughes’ side was unsuccessful.

Celtic is believed to value Wanyama at over 9 million pounds.

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