Celtic have been told they will have to bide their time in trying to prise Victor Wanyama from Tottenham in January, Football Insider has learned.

Neil Lennon made a loan swoop for the Kenya international in the summer and was set to try again in the winter window after he was frozen out of the Spurs side again this season.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that the club’s pursuit of Wanyama is now up in the air again following Jose Mourinho’s shock arrival at Spurs.

The Portugese wants to assess his entire squad at close quarters before making judgements on who may be surplus to requirements in January.

Celtic have learned that Wanyama, will be given a fresh start by Mourinho after appearing to be all but set to head out of the club, either permanently or on loan, in January.

Football Insider revealed last month that Wanyama is “keen” on being reunited with his former manager Lennon in the January window after being reduced to the Spurs fringes.

The 28-year-old has made just one start for Spurs this season among three appearances after coming close to joining Club Brugges in the summer on a permanent deal.

Lennon is in the market for a new central midfielder who can lighten the load on regular pairing Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.

The Scottish duo have made 25 and 26 starts respectively already this season and there is a pressing need for a proven performer who can slot into the starting XI.

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