Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama during the January transfer window.

Wanyama has also been linked with a transfer to Manchester United but, according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Fulham are now monitoring the situation of the Kenya international.

However, should Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decide to formalise his interest, he is likely to have to spend a sizeable sum to bring the 21-year-old to the Emirates Stadium.

Last week, Wenger's Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon stated his desire to keep Wanyama in Glasgow, but would be tempted to part company with the midfield enforcer should it make financial sense for the club.

"Like everything else in life, you can’t stop the progression," Lennon told the Daily Record about the prospect of losing the Arsenal target.

"If a bigger and more productive club came in and the offer is right then we will seriously look at it.

"I don’t want to stop their progress. I will shake his hand and say ‘good luck to you son’. Just so long as we get about £25million."

Arsenal are reportedly in the market for midfield reinforcements in January as Wenger looks to compensate for the loss of Mikel Arteta through injury and, along with Wanyama, the Gunners have been linked with a number of other candidates.

Chief among these has been Mohamed Diame of West Ham, who has a release clause written into his contract stipulating he can leave Upton Park for only £3.5 million.

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