Three reasons Southampton must cash in on Virgil van Dijk in January

According to an interview he has done with Netherlands media outlet Fox Sports in his homeland, via Sky Sports, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has once again suggested that he would like to leave the club during the January transfer window.

The centre-back failed to secure the move away from the south coast that he wanted during the summer when Saints refused to sell despite the fact that he handed in a transfer request, and he made his first start for the club in more than eight months against Stoke City on Saturday following a long injury lay-off and having to train with the Under-23 side.

Van Dijk said: “I’m not sorry for anything. Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.

“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”

The latest quotes certainly won’t go down well with the fans, Les Reed or chairman Ralph Krueger, who all would have been angered with how the 26-year-old has acted in recent months.

Here are three reasons Southampton should cash in on Van Dijk in January…