Virgil van Dijk 1 Southampton are readying an offer for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, claim reports in the player’s native Holland. Ronald Koeman is on the lookout for a centre-back, having missed out on a permanent deal for Toby Alderweireld this summer, and has targeted Van Dijk as the ideal man to partner Jose Fonte in the heart of the Saints defence. According to De Telegraaf, the south coast club are prepared to offer £9m for the 24-year-old, who still has two years remaining on his Celtic contract. The Bhoys are keen on keeping Van Dijk as they edge closer to qualifying for the Champions League group stages and will not make a decision until their European destiny is clear. But Koeman remains confident a deal can still be done and is happy to wait until the closing stages of the transfer market to get his man.