Arsenal eying surprise £8m Celtic raid

Arsenal are preparing a shock move for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk in January, according to Metro.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has seen injuries all but ruin his defence so far this season and is desperate for adequate cover.

And, after sending scouts to watch the Dutch international in recent weeks, Wenger is planning an £8million bid for the 23-year-old in January.

van Dijk has insisted that he wants to stay with the SPL champions, but it is believed a move to the Premier League would be too good to turn down for him.

The youngster was linked with a move to Sunderland and Southampton last summer, but a move never materialised beyond speculation.