Southampton close to completing £9m deal for Celtic star

Southampton are said to be closing in on a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic to reinforce their back line, according to reports from the Metro.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs ahead of the previous campaign after impressing in the Scottish top flight.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United have targeted the centre-back over the past year, but he now looks to be on the verge of a switch to join the Saints.

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It is believed that the two clubs are in talks over a potential £9million transfer which would see him complete a switch to the Premier League.

Manager Ronald Koeman is keen to reinforce his back line after seeing former loanee Toby Alderweireld join rivals Tottenham Hotspur as well as being dealt an injury blow to Florin Gardos.

The Dutch manager is now looking to lure his fellow countryman to St Mary’s Stadium in order to increase his centre-back options.