Man United transfers: Celtic hope Juve tie can convince Wanyama to stay

Man United transfers: Celtic chief Peter Lawwell hopes the club's last-16 tie with Juventus will convince Victor Wanyama to stay

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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawweell believes Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper can be convinced to sign new deals at the club after drawing Juventus in the Champions League last-16 draw.

Wanyama has been linked with a move to Manchester United after a string of impressive displays by the midfielder in Europe’s premier club competition.

The 21-year-old still has three years left on his current deal but the Hoops are keen to tie the Kenyan down to a long-term deal with the January transfer window looming.

Celtic striker Gary Hooper has 18 months left on his current deal and the former Scunthorpe man is a reported target for Liverpool and Sunderland.

But Lawwell remains confident the SPL champions can keep hold of the pair ahead of an exciting new chapter at Parkhead under Neil Lennon.

“From my point of view, a game with Juventus has got to be quite powerful,” Lawwell said. “From their point of view? I couldn’t comment.

“We’d love to see them at Celtic come the game in February. At the moment, we are still talking to them. These things can take time.

“Victor still has two-and-a-half years to go, so we are more relaxed on that than we are with Gary. But we are relaxed with both. We still have them for a period of time.

“We have gone to them and said, ‘how’s about it?’. We like to be ahead of the game. We didn’t have to do it but we went to them and hopefully we can end up in a good place.”

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