Liverpool agree deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m

Virgil van Dijk

LEICESTER CITY Virgil van Dijk WILL join Liverpool according to reports coming out of Ireland

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop".

"The Netherlands global will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool".

Liverpool did not reveal the transfer fee but Southampton announced it was "a new world record for a defender".

Liverpool have agreed a £75m deal to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk will be assigned squad number four upon his arrival at Liverpool, the club said on its official website.

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Media reports said Liverpool beat Manchester City and Chelsea who had both shown an interest in van Dijk.

Van Dijk, who has never hidden his admiration for Liverpool, said in a statement he was "delighted and honoured" to sign. "Southampton could have named any price they wanted and Liverpool were desperate", the former England worldwide told BBC Sport.

Liverpool confirmed Van Dijk will complete a move on January 1, 2018, having been left out of Southampton's side for their 5-2 defeat at Tottenham on Boxing Day.

A fee of £75 million would also be level with Romelu Lukaku as the second most expensive transfer in Premier League history, behind only Manchester United's £90 million purchase of Paul Pogba.

"And despite a hard few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything".

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Liverpool had expressed an interest in the player last summer and were ready to offer 60 million pounds (80.40 million US dollars).

"It is a lot of money and I'm not even sure he has been playing that well", Neville told Sky Sports. "They have to pay to get him and that's the way the market is".

The fanbase is likely to be split on the decision to sell the Dutch ace in the January window with the Premier League's trapdoor just at arm's length, but the massive transfer fee will sweeten the pill.

Many Saints fans will be disappointed to let yet another top player slip through their fingers to Liverpool - following the departures of Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and the now-retired Rickie Lambert.

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