Victor Wanyama appears set to leave Celtic after the head of the Kenyan Football Association revealed that he would soon be joining "one of the big two clubs in the world".

The powerful central midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after his impressive performances for Celtic. Manchester United and Arsenal are both said to be keen on signing Wanyama having scouted him on numerous occasions this season.

Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama made the headlines after excelling against Barcelona in the Champions League [Reuters]

Celtic have made it clear that they do not want to let the midfielder leave in the January transfer window, especially with the knockout stages of the Champions League beginning next month.

The Scottish champions face Juventus over two legs and Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be desperate to keep hold of the midfielder, who earned rave reviews for his performance in the shock 2-1 win over Barcelona in the group stages.

Wanyama's displays have made him a superstar in his home nation of Kenya and he is due to play for his country next week in a friendly against Libya, which is being played in Tunisia for security reasons.

Speaking ahead of the game, Kenyan FA president, Sam Nyamweya, suggested that the young midfielder would be quitting Celtic in order to join a football powerhouse.

"Wanyama will soon be joining one of the big two clubs in the world. It is an exciting moment for us, which means that Kenya is a powerhouse in football," said Nyamweya, as quoted in the Scotsman.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently watched Celtic in action and was said to be paying particularly close attention to the performance of Wanyama, while the Independent reported that Arsenal were considering a £10million bid.

However, after the comments from the Kenyan FA, it appears that United is the more likely destination given the club's status among the powerhouses of world football.

With Arsenal also currently struggling to achieve a top four finish, Wanyama may prefer a move to a club that is certain to offer Champions League football next season.