Insider claims Liverpool’s next signing will be top 26-year-old

Liverpool are set to conclude a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton this summer, according to reports

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

Liverpool are set to complete a deal to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to Reds insider Graeme Kelly.

The Merseyside outfit have been heavily linked with a move to bring the 26-year-old centre-half to Anfield for much of the summer but a deal has thus far failed to materialise.

Liverpool suffered public embarrassment back in June when they were forced to issue a statement apologising for their conduct after Southampton accused the Reds of an alleged illegal approach.

However, despite the Reds saying that they had ended their interest in the player, Liverpool continue to be linked with a move to sign the defender, who is thought to be keen on a move away from St Mary’s this summer.

And Kelly says he has been told that a move for Van Dijk is still set to happen for Liverpool this summer.

Kelly told podcast Code Red, as quoted by the Daily Express: “I’m being told it’ll definitely still happen. It’s about Southampton getting their ducks in a row and it looks like they’re doing that with the kid from Lazio.

“There should be movement on that at some point this week.

“Southampton haven’t come out and gone to town on us. When they got the new manager, it was like backhanded conversations they were having.

“With Southampton, they were well up for a deal. Everyone goes on about [meeting him in] Blackpool and things like that.

“We had permission to speak to Van Dijk in Blackpool. There were things we didn’t have permission for and that’s why we made the apology.

“Chelsea met him, City met him, he is actively for sale. That wasn’t the issue beforehand.

“The issue was that something happened in the press that took a bit of Southampton’s power away. That’s the situation with them.”

Liverpool have signed three players so far this summer as they prepare for Jurgen Klopp’s second full season in charge at the club.

The Reds have brought in Dominic Solanke, Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson as they gear up for the new Premier League campaign.

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