Celtic’s Wanyama urged to avoid England and Newcastle United as Manchester United suffer transfer setback

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CELTIC midfielder could reject a move to England, while Manchester United may miss out on one of their main transfer targets.

Wanyama has been linked with a move to the Premier league this summer, with Newcastle United among the clubs reportedly interested in him.

Southampton have moved into pole position to sign the 21-year-old kenyan, but according to the Daily Express, Wanyama is being urged by agents to reject overtures from Southampton and move to Galatasaray or Fenerbahce because of the significantly lower rate of income tax paid in Turkey.

Manchester United’s hopes of landing Thiago Alcantara have suffered a blow after Barcelona suggested the possibility of offering the 22-year-old midfielder a new deal, report Metro.

However, Thiago’s father, Brazil World Cup winning defensive midfielder Mazinho, thinks his son should move to Manchester United, ahead of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, say the Daily Mirror. In a further boost, Thiago’s younger brother, attacking midfielder Rafinha, 20, could move to the Premier League on loan, with the family planning to relocate to the north west of England.

Other transfer stories:

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, is close to completing a £22m deal to join Arsenal, according to his father. Full story: the Sun

Norwich are competing with Everton for Wigan striker Arouna Kone. The 29-year-old Ivory Coast international’s contract has a £5m buy-out clause. Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea captain Ashley Williams, 29, is preparing to tell his club he wants to leave this summer. Arsenal are the centre-back’s preferred destination, ahead of Everton and Liverpool. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia’s agent says the 22-year-old full-back is more likely to stay in France with Lyon rather than move to Arsenal. Full story: skysports.com

Stoke want to give 28-year-old defensive midfielder Wilson Palacios another chance to prove himself at the club. Last season, the £6m signing from Tottenham did not start a Premier League game for the Potters. Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Birmingham centre-back Curtis Davies, 28, is expected to complete a £2.3m move to newly-promoted Premier League side Hull on Monday. Full story: the Sun

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is set for a triple snub with Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 25, Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21, and Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, 27, all set to reject moves to the club. Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton are close to signing Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford, 29, after the two clubs agreed a transfer fee. Full story: Leicester Mercury

Paris St-Germain’s new-coach-in-waiting Laurent Blanc will consider making an offer for Chelsea defender David Luiz when he takes over from Carlo Ancelotti. Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are unlikely to want to keep Pepe Reina, 30, at the club if they complete a £9m deal to sign fellow goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 24, from Sunderland. Full story: The Times [subscription required]