Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama remains a target for Premier League side Southampton despite the Kenyan international having pledged his future to the Scottish Premier League champions, according to The Daily Mirror.

Wanyama rejected a new contract at Celtic Park in October, but the 21 year old midfielder and manager Neil Lennon are insistent that he will remain north of the border beyond the summer transfer window.

Following the myriad of reports linking Liverpool with Wanyama, which preceded the confirmation of his contract rejection, Saints have been recently linked with a move for the ex-Beerschot AC man.

Victor Wanyama
Wanyama has proved crucial to Celtic's SPL title defense.

But upon claiming Celtic's 19th league championship, Wanyama said: "I'm happy here and I love it here at Celtic so I'll be here next season.

"I still have a contract with Celtic and I'm happy at the club so I think I'll still be here.

"We want to do better than this season so if we can get the treble next season, it will be a very good achievement for me.

"That's my dream for next season. Also, playing in the Champions League again."

Mauricio Pochettino has guided Southampton to wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool since replacing Nigel Adkins as manager, but the south coast club still remain five points away from ensuring safety after a run of two wins in their last 10 league games.

While Wanyama would add much-needed steel to a Saints midfield - which is devoid of a genuine holding player - as they attempt to cement their Premier League status, Liverpool's interest in the midfielder is motivated by their hopes of breaking back into the top six.

The weekend's Merseyside derby stalemate against Everton leaves Brendan Rodgers' side five points adrift of their local rivals in seventh, with two games remaining, and the Northern Irishman has already hinted strongly that players will be recruited during the summer transfer window.