Southampton weighing up move for van Dijk replacement

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Virgil Van Dijk during a Premier League game. SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom.
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Southampton are weighing up a move for Dutch centre half Wesley Hoedt who is seen as a potential replacement for Virgil van Dijk.

Looks like Liverpool have been given some more potentially good news in their pursuit of Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk.

While Southampton were initially adamant that they would not be selling their captain, the Saints are said to be weighing up a £12m move for Netherlands and Lazio centre back Wesley Hoedt and it is thought that he would serve as a direct replacement for their captain.

Southampton were reported this morning to be “planning” for van Dijk’s departure with manager Mauricio Pellegrino set to hold crunch talks with the defender this week.

Pellegrino has reportedly been using Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida as his centre-back pairing during the Saints’ pre-season training camp in France – a camp van Dijk was not a part of – and links earlier this week with Tottenham centre back Kevin Wimmer suggested that the club could be open to the move if van Dijk refuses to end his strike.

Chelsea are said to have also been monitoring developments over the Dutchman’s situation but the player still “wants to link up with Jürgen Klopp.”

The club have been forced to take a reserved and patient approach to their pursuit of the Dutch defender after they issued a public apology for attempting to ‘tap up’ the player back in June but now, with Southampton supposedly weighing up alternatives and van Dijk’s strike looking to just drag on, they could be encouraged to finally make a formal offer for the player.

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  1. Hey Jack! Lazy reporting again eh? Southampton are actually still looking for replacements for Jose Fonte who left in January and it’s not a VVD replacement. In reality it looks like VVD will not be going anywhere this year I’m afraid.

  2. This is not a replacement for Virgil van Dijk merely the replacement of Jose Fonte who was sold in the previous transfer window. van Dijk was never close to joining Liverpool, it was all in the minds of Liverpool, how can you buy from another club without making contact first with that club.

  3. Saints fan coming in peace!!! For what it’s worth I wouldn’t care if you bought VVD from us for Megabucks. I dont think the board would, either – you always give us good prices for players that we use to steal replacements from other clubs.

    Problem is, a LOT of Saints fans are cheesed off with spending their own money and seeing a team dismantled every season. The board know they are close to a tipping point and my opinion is they can’t sell to Liverpool for that reason and they’ve been working to tie players down to long-term contracts to avoid a Clyne/Wanyama situation. That meant we could keep Schneiderlin and Mane another season while we found a replacement. I believe the same will happen with VVD. (the guy in the article is a replacement for Fonte, not VVD)

    VVD’s behaviour and Liverpool’s antics have actually given the board a get out clause, however – Liverpool and VVD can be portrayed (wrongly) as the enemies. Sell to anyone else and they appear strong. Force VVD and they appear strong.

    Dont get me wrong here, Southampton are a selling club and our board are proud of that. Sell high, buy low. That’s how we turned Hooiveld into Lovren into Alderweireld into VVD (all improvements). And at some point VVD will be sold. It’s just my belief it will be next summer.

    Sometimes decisions are political and this is one of those decisions.

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