Kenya international Victor Wanyama has attracted a host of admirers with his all-action displays in the Celtic midfield.

Strong performances in the Champion League meant that a January transfer was mooted to some of the top clubs in Europe, but no deal materialised. A move in the summer is expected, and the Scottish champions are destined to lose their prized possession.

In recent months it's been reported that both Arsenal and Manchester United have an interest in the player, and he looks set to a move to one of the Premier League's big boys in the near future.

Here is a closer look at the player and what he will bring to the Premier League if he moves there.

Strengths

Wanyama is a muscular presence and doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He also has great positional awareness and senses the danger early to deal with it.

It's fair to say that he is also very well disciplined and doesn’t abuse his power in making challenges, and never wanders away from the area he is supposed to be patrolling to leave the team vulnerable. He also has good aerial ability and is equally useful in defending set-pieces as well as attacking in the opposition’s penalty box.

He is also relatively young and will improve when playing with a better quality of players around him.  

Why Arsenal need him

Arsenal have been missing a true defensive midfielder since Alex Song left for Barcelona last summer, and although Waynama is not as creative as Song, he is definitely more disciplined then the Cameroon international and would make Arsenal a difficult team to score against.

Why Manchester United need him

Manchester United have been playing without a ball-winning midfielder for years now and have still been successful, but they have struggled against teams that have quality in midfield.

The reason the Old Trafford outfit is tracking the services of Waynama must be because Sir Alex Ferguson feels that he will add steel to a United midfield that has been missing exactly that in recent years.

 

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