Celtic resigned to losing midfielder Victor Wanyama

 

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is targeting two more signings in the summer but is resigned to losing midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama has been linked with a move to England after Celtic accepted a £12m offer from Southampton.

Lennon is unhappy with criticism from Wanyama's representative that he was being forced into a move.

Personally, I think it'd be a very good move for Victor, in terms of his career going forward

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

"All we've done is accept a bid from Southampton; a very good club and progressive club," said Lennon.

Wanyama's representative Ivan Modia had stressed the midfielder would not be pressured into a transfer.

However, Lennon said: "Personally, I think it'd be a very good move for Victor, in terms of his career going forward.

"But there seems to be other parties wanting to block the deal. These negotiations take a long time. We felt that the money was right for us and was a good business deal for the club.

"Whether it resurfaces again, I don't know."

Wanyama, who joined Celtic for £900,000 from Beerschot in July 2011, has been attracting interest from clubs in England.

The Kenya midfielder shone in Celtic's Champions League group-stage win over Barcelona last season.

In October, Lennon revealed that Wanyama had rejected the offer of a new contract beyond the four-year deal he signed when joining Celtic.

After Wanyama impressed at Champions League level, Lennon had suggested that the player was worth £25m.

Lennon remains hopeful Anthony Stokes will sign a new deal and says there has been no renewed offer from Hull City for Gary Hooper.

And the Celtic boss stressed that goalkeeper Fraser Forster is not for sale.