Liverpool back in negotiations with Premier League rivals over top defender – report

Liverpool are making slow progress in negotiations to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to Sky Sports News reporter Aidan Magee

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Liverpool have re-entered negotiations with Southampton in an attempt complete a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to Aidan Magee.

The Reds were heavily linked with a move to sign the Netherlands international earlier in the summer transfer window but were forced to end their interest in embarrassing fashion.

Liverpool issued a statement apologising to Southampton about their pursuit of the 25-year-old centre-half and pulled out of the race to sign the former Celtic defender.

Jurgen Klopp has already signed Egypt international Mohamed Salah from AS Roma, before Liverpool confirmed a deal to sign England Under-20 international from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Sky Sports News reporter Magee has revealed that Liverpool are back in discussions with Southampton over a potential swoop to sign the promising centre-half.

“Liverpool have been accused of being a little bit slow in this transfer market but this is one that is moving on,” Magee told Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning.

“Reports in several places suggesting that negotiations are back on between Liverpool and Southampton over the signing of Virgil Van Dijk.

“Remember, Southampton asked the Premier League to investigate Liverpool about an alleged illegal approach for the player last month. Liverpool escaped punishment.

“Southampton, though, have been unmoved throughout the summer and they’ve said again that the Dutch defender is not for sale.”

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most-exciting centre-halves during his two-season stint at Southampton.

The Saints signed the Netherlands defender in an £11m deal from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in 2015.

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