Wanyama waiting on work permit

Kenya midfielder desperate to secure Celtic switch

Wanyama: Waiting to hear back from the SFA on his application for a work permit

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Victor Wanyama is hoping red tape will not prevent him from securing a dream move to Celtic.

The highly-rated Kenya international is all set to complete a £900,000 switch from Belgian outfit Germinal Beerschot, with the two clubs having already reached an agreement.

He is, however, still waiting on a work permit to be granted by the Scottish Football Association, with his application set to be discussed on Friday.

The 20-year-old is hoping to be given good news at the end of that meeting, with his family having already suffered once at the hands of British authorities.

His brother, McDonald Mariga, came close to joining Manchester City from Parma in January 2010, only for a work permit delay to scupper his plans and lead him to Inter Milan instead.

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Wanyama is desperate to avoid suffering a similar fate and is setting his sights on becoming the first East African to compete in a top British league.

He told the Daily Record: "I hope I get my work permit. It was disappointing for my brother when he missed out and I don't want that to happen to me.

"Celtic are one of the best clubs in the entire history of football - that's why I want to come here."

Wanyama is also believed to have attracted interest from Rangers, Aston Villa and numerous clubs in Russia, but he insists Celtic have always been his preferred option.

He added: "Celtic appeal to me so much that offers from others aren't even worth talking about."