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.

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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.