Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club have offered a new contract to highly-rated midfielder Victor Wanyama, in a bid to stave off interest from Manchester United.
The 21-year-old Kenyan international has earned rave reviews since arriving in the Scottish Premier League from Belgian side Beerschot AC in 2011, and has attracted attention from a host of different clubs.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson was recently credited with an interest in taking Wanyama to Old Trafford, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Premier League giants were weighing up an offer of £10million.
However, Bhoys boss Lennon is determined to keep the midfielder at Parkhead, and even though he is under contract at Celtic Park until 2014, has moved to offer him improved terms.
"We are hoping to meet his representative again next week," he is quoted by Sky Sports. "He has been offered a new contract.
"We don't have to offer him a new contract, his (current one) still has a couple of years to run but we feel it is a reward for performances he has put in since he came in the door.
"Whether his agent feels it is sufficient - that's what negotiations are all about. Hopefully we can come to a conclusion about that as well."
Manchester United have been accused of lacking a midfield enforcer, and a January move for Wanyama could be Ferguson's admission that he needs more steel in the centre of the pitch.