Exclusive: McNamara suggests Lennon wants to sign 52-cap international keen on Celtic move

Jackie McNamara has suggested that Celtic manager Neil Lennon will want to bring Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama back to Parkhead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland defender says that the only real stumbling block in sealing a move for the 52-cap Kenyan international will be the finances of a deal, suggesting that a permanent move might be too expensive.

As revealed by Football Insider, Wanyama is open to moving back to the Glasgow giants after spending two successful years with the Bhoys under current boss Lennon.

McNamara says that the existing relationship between player and manager means that Lennon is likely going to want the central enforcer back among his squad but that the cost could scupper the Hoops’ transfer plans.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think obviously Neil had him before and knows him well. I think he’d want him back, it’s more options in there.

“There will be a lot of money involved in that. (Potential loan) if they need that cover there but they’ve got Ntcham, McGregor, Brown. 

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“Get him in if he’s going to play but something might have to give in the midfield for that to happen. He’s was linked over the summer window and nothing happened. He’ll be on a lot of money there, he might be out of Celtic’s price tag. “

Wanyama has been used sparingly by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino this season with just one start from his three appearances, only one of those coming in the Premier League.

He played 91 times during his two-year spell at Celtic, with just five more appearances for Tottenham in over three years in north London.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a ‘sensitive’ Hoops big name is ‘begging for Lennon to manage him properly’.