Southampton look at Spurs defender as Van Dijk contingency plan

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

Virgil van Dijk should respect his Southampton contract amid growing speculation of a summer move to Liverpool, according to Nigel Adkins.

The Saints were first linked with Austria worldwide in June, and despite a determination to keep hold of Van Dijk, the Daily Mail notes that Wimmer is seen as a "contingency plan".

The Austria global could be available for around £20m, which would leave Southampton with a significant amount of money left over should a deal for Van Dijk go through.

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.

Virgil van Dijk looked nailed on to join Liverpool at the start of the transfer window, with both player and club wanting the move to happen.

The north Londoners already have one of the most rock-solid defences in the country with big names like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen proving key players for them in recent seasons.

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 26-year-old centre-back has also been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea at various points this summer, though his preference is understood to be for Liverpool.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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