Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has potentially moved closer to securing a move away after finally handing in a transfer request on Monday following a summer of speculation that he would be leaving the club.
The Netherlands international has attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City over the course of the last couple of months but the former were forced to issue an official apology to Saints after they were accused of tapping the 26-year-old up.
Meanwhile, Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who brought his fellow Dutchman to St Mary’s in 2015 during his time in charge on the south coast, could be tempted to launch a big-money move for the centre-back despite already signing Michael Keane this summer.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the Van Dijk latest via social media, and many have urged the Toffees to try and sign the Southampton skipper as they believe it could be a game-changing addition for the Merseyside outfit.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Notice how he said he wants to play European football, not champions league like everyone else!! BOOM 💥💥 he's ours
— OzPop (@OzPop2000) August 8, 2017
Wouldn't be surprised if our interest of Van Dijk came out some time today. #EFC
Koeman a long time admirer. 👍
— 1878 (@davidedwardsEFC) August 8, 2017
— Jimmy Mack (@jcmack03) August 7, 2017
Imagine a Van Dijk and Keane paring at the back with Pickford between the sticks, can we make it happen???! #EFC
— Nobody Better (@blueroo91) August 7, 2017
— Max Cruse (@maxcruse5) August 7, 2017
— Joe W. Patarino (@JPatarino) August 7, 2017
Nowhere – we don't have the money required
— LookUp (@Jay1Chester) August 7, 2017
Van Dijk would be a game-changer for Everton. Pull it off and entire perception of club would change over night. Money and ambition is there
— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) August 7, 2017