Cardiff City have made a stunning £10m bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, WalesOnline can reveal.
The Bluebirds had feared losing out to Premier League rivals Southampton in the race to land the highly-rated 21-year-old Kenyan international.
However, talks between Wanyama and Southampton are believed to have broken down last night over personal terms.
Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay upped the ante into the evening by slapping in the £10m Cardiff City bid which would shatter the club’s transfer record.
That currently stands at £4m, the fee Dave Jones paid to Sunderland in July 2009 for striker Michael Chopra.
According to reports in Scotland, Wanyama is said to favour a move to newly-promoted Cardiff City, who are ready to meet Celtic’s asking price.
Wanyama has starred for the Hoops since arriving at Parkhead in a £900,000 move from Belgian side Beerschot two years ago, with his displays in last season’s Champions League impressive.
He particularly shone as Celtic put in excellent performances against Barcelona, leading to Manchester United and Liverpool looking at Wanyama.
But it is understood the player would be willing to settle for a lesser Premier League side in order to test himself in England and Cardiff City fit the bill for Wanyama.
If Mackay pulls off the move, Wanyama would bolster a Bluebirds side which needs strengthening ahead of the Premier League campaign.
He would join Kim Bo-Kyung, Peter Whittingham, Aron Gunnarsson and Jordon Mutch in the battle for Bluebirds central midfield places.
Mackay also continues to be heavily linked with Blackpool’s Tom Ince, who can play up front or out wide.
Wanyama and Ince are the two most exciting names of a glut of players who have been linked with the Bluebirds since promotion was clinched last season.
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