Southampton smash Scottish transfer record to sign Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama was always unlikely to remain at Celtic this summer following an impressive season for the Scottish champions and Southampton have used a significant chunk of their transfer budget to land the midfielder.
July 12th, 2013
The Saints have paid Celtic £12.5million to secure Wanyama’s signature, with the 22-year-old signing a four-year-deal at St Mary’s which means that the player follows Dejan Lovren to St Mary’s, with the latter having recently arrived from Lyon for £8.5m.
“It feels great and I am happy to be here,” Wanyama told the club’s website. “Finally it has happened and we’ve come to the end [of negotiations], so I am delighted.
“There were other options but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to come here. 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. We’ll see where that will take me.
“I’m very grateful to be here and I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League. 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.”