Arsenal urged to move for £25m SPL star

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Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama would be the ideal acquisition for Arsene Wenger as he strives to reinforce his squad during the imminent summer transfer window, according to former Arsenal favourite Perry Groves.

Wanyama has been linked with a move to Arsenal before August's transfer deadline, while the Kenya international is also reportedly being pursued north London rivals Tottenham as well as Southampton and Inter Milan.

The 21-year-old has flourished since his transfer to Celtic, with a number of impressive displays both domestically and in Europe leading manager Neil Lennon to place a £25 million price-tag on the midfield enforcer.

Wanyama could, however, be signed for a far smaller fee of £10 million - something likely to appeal to Wenger as he scours the market for another midfielder.

Groves believes Wanyama would be the perfect fit for Arsenal, and has urged the Gunners boss to make a move for the Hoops ace when the transfer window opens at the beginning of July.

“I really like Wanyama – he is destined for big things," the former Arsenal winger said, as reported by the Daily Express.

“He may be young but he plays for a massive club, has lots of experience for a young player, and he fits the Wenger model – he is hungry, strong and technically very good.

“He would offer real protection for the back four, and a real thrust and drive going forward.

“We need big players who can step up to the plate and make an impact against the bigger teams, because that is what let us down last year – we had a woeful record against the other teams in the top four.

“We need strong mentalities, players who can impose themselves.

“I would like to see experienced lads who can come straight into the starting side, not players who take time to gel.”

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