City make public correction after Celtic fury

21 July 2013 10:46
Hoops boss Neil Lennon angered by incorrect statement from Vincent Tan.

The interviews given by Vincent Tan last Thursday have caused fallout as far afield as Glasgow where Celtic have reacted furiously to comments made by the City owner.

Tan said about the near purchase of Victor Wanyama

"We actually agreed to buy Wanyama, but Celtic raised what they wanted.

“We were at £10m but they wanted more and I said, ‘No’

"They ask for £10m, and then the other party is interested and they say it's £12m, £12.5m."

But Celtic were quick to publicly refute the comments with Neil Lennon saying

"We totally disagree with what he is saying publicly.

"There was never a deal agreed with Cardiff, and there was never a price set for Victor.

"Southampton's was the only confirmed offer we had, and it was considerably more than the figure Cardiff were talking about.

"It is frustrating if he (Tan) is trying to give us a bad name in this deal because we acted as we always do, with the greatest professionalism and dignity towards ourselves and any other club.

"The bottom line was that Cardiff made an offer that was not up to the requirement of what we wanted.

"It was nowhere near the valuation of the player and nowhere near the structure of the deal that suited us.

"In the end, it was never going to happen."

On Saturday Cardiff City had to clear the air with a statement on the official website that read:

"In relation to quotes from a press conference held on Thursday July 18, Cardiff City Football Club and Tan Sri Vincent Tan would like to clarify that while negotiations with Celtic FC were ongoing for the proposed transfer of Victor Wanyama, no formal bid was officially accepted by the Scottish Premier League Champions.

"Having been unable to reach an agreement, we thanked Celtic for their cooperation and have since directed our attention to other targets."

Source: Cardiff City Online