Amidst the tug-of-war between Premier League opponents Cardiff City and Southampton, the father of Celtic's Kenyan midfield ace, Victor Wanyama, has called for patience.

The midfielder has long been expected to exit Parkhead this summer, with a move to the Premier League seemingly likely for Wanyama, who harbours ambitions of becoming the first Kenyan to play in England's top tier.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had confirmed to the press that the Scottish champions had accepted a bid worth £12m from Southampton, but that negotiations were ongoing. Cardiff have also been linked to the powerhouse in recent days, although it remains to be seen as to whether the Bluebirds will meet the demands of Celtic in regards of the transfer fee involved in taking the player from the club.

Noah Wanyama, father of Victor, claims that a climax to the speculation is due in the not too distant future. Speaking to the Evening Times, he said: "My son will make a sober decision. Be patient, he will make a decision in the coming days."

What can be read into the use of 'sober' remains to be seen, but it could serve as a reference to the seemingly excessive demands made to Southampton by the agents of the Kenyan midfielder.

"I have talked to him and, while I am not going to interfere in any way with his decision about his future, it is my place to advise him", Wanyama senior added.

As the deal nears a potential conclusion, it could send out a booming message to the Premier League rivals of both Cardiff and Southampton, in that neither club are prepared to simply stand still.

Newly-promoted Cardiff kicked off their summer business with a move for FC Copenhagen's highly-rated youngster Andreas Cornelius for a reported £7.5m and the completion of a transfer to bring Blackpool's Thomas Ince to the club now seems likely.

Southampton meanwhile, have already recruited Dejan Lovren, formerly of Dinamo Zagreb and Olympique Lyonnais, to add to their ranks ahead of the new season.

Cardiff kick-start their Premier League campaign with a trip to Upton Park, whilst Southampton will be the visitors to The Hawthorns, as they take on West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season respectively.


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