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Southampton reportedly after £12million-rated Dutch centre-back

02 August 2017

The chase for Hoedt might be a clear sign that something is happening with the status of Virgil van Dijk at Southampton and that Saints are wanting to secure themselves to find a decent replacement on time.

The 26-year-old Netherlands star was rock solid at the back for the Saints in the first half of the last campaign before getting injured in the month of January.

He already has been training on his own at the club's Staplewood base while the rest of the side were on a pre-season trip to France.

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Southampton are determined not to lose their skipper this summer and had hoped van Dijk would accept their decision not to sell and rejoin the rest of his team-mates in training ahead of the new season next weekend.

According to Southern Daily Echo's chief sports writer Adam Leitch, "Van Dijk is understood to have told Saints there is no change in his situation, leading the club to inform him that they are also standing firm".

Southampton could also use the cash from Van Dijk's exit to sign Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer.

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There were reports circulating this week that Klopp was planning a fresh £60million bid for the player, but that has yet to materialise.

According to Daily Mail, the Reds step up the chase for the Dutch worldwide as the Saints are eyeing a replacement in the form of Lazio's Wesley Hoedt.

Liverpool may have abandoned their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk earlier this summer, but the speculation over his future and a possible move to Anfield continues.

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Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida have been his centre-back pairing in pre-season, while they have Poland Under 21 worldwide Jan Bednarek also.

Southampton reportedly after £12million-rated Dutch centre-back