If Southampton are forced into selling Virgil van Dijk this summer, Saints will look to target Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer, according to reports.

Liverpool are still pursuing Saints captain Virgil van Dijk with the saga heading into August and the Daily Mail reports that Southampton might be forced to find an alternative should van Dijk force his way out of St. Mary’s.

The Dutch international has been training on his own this week after he was ordered to train alone. Van Dijk was told by manager Mauricio Pellegrino to train on his own until such a time that he felt ready to rejoin the side.

This came after van Dijk told his manager that he wanted to leave to join Liverpool and his side has since flown to France to prepare for the new season without him.

The Daily Mail reports that “the van Dijk camp remains hopeful that the central defender will eventually be allowed to leave the south coast this summer.”

Kevin Wimmer is said to “feature prominently” on Saints’ list of alternatives to van Dijk in the event that the Dutchman does leave.

Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Tottenham Hotspur Training Session / Press Conference held at the Ghelamco Arena stadium on February 15, 2017 in Gent, Belgium. KAA Gent will play Tottenham Hotspur in their Europa League match on the February 16, 2017.
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Although Mauricio Pochettino is keen to keep hold of Wimmer, the Spurs boss is aware that the Austrian defender wants to play regular football this season and can’t guarantee that at Tottenham.

£20 million could persuade Spurs to sell Wimmer and the 24-year-old would be a very good replacement for van Dijk.

Liverpool desperately need to sign the Dutchman with his addition crucial to the Reds’ chances of success this season.

Jamie Vardy (C) of Leicester City competes for the ball against Cedric Soares (R) and Virgil van Dijk (L) of Southampton compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Southampton, England.
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Naby Keïta is also being pursued by the Reds but ensuring that van Dijk is a Liverpool player is more of a priority given the side’s defensive frailties.

If one were to arrive and one were not, I would have to pick van Dijk as the player to sign purely because of what Liverpool need going into the 2017/18 season.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.