Cardiff City have ended their pursuit of well-regarded Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 22.
This follows the news that a second bid for the former Germinal Beerschot player has been rejected by the Scottish giants.
Earlier this week Noah Wanyama, father of Victor, stated his belief that his son would make a decision on his future in the coming days. That decision may have been made slightly easier in the wake of the news that the newly-promoted side are set to end their chase for the Kenyan midfield powerhouse.
That would leave Wanyama with just two solid options. Southampton have already had a bid accepted by the reigning SPL champions, but the deal stalled after reports that there had been a significant sticking point over agent fees. However, this week the Saints manager, Mauricio Pochettino, denied that the deal was dead.
Should no further progress be made, Wanyama would be left to remain with Celtic until such a time as club, player and agent all receive satisfactory offers.
Hopes are still high on the south coast, with local media reporting that a deal is still possible.
Wanyama, linked up with his Celtic teammates today in Germany for a pre-season training camp as speculation about his future continues to rage.
Whilst no deal has been agreed, it appears ever more apparent that Wanyama is unlikely to remain at Celtic for too much longer.
Manager Neil Lennon confirmed that talks with Southampton were ongoing, but that no resolution had yet been reached.
Celtic continue their training camp with a match against Romanian side CFR Cluj before facing Greuther Furth and FC Union Berlin ahead of their return to competitive action.
Southampton fly out to Catalunya at the end of next week as they prepare for a training camp of their own, featuring matches against local outfits UE Llagostera and Palamos CF.
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