Manchester City close to landing Southampton's Van Dijk

Spurs welcome Southampton to White Hart Lane this afternoon and get a bumper day of Premier League action underway.

Wesley Hoedt and Maya Yoshida will play in central defence in the absence of Van Dijk. He can tackle well, reads the game well, is an unbelievable intercepter, comfortable with the ball at his feet and carry the ball out of the defence. The Argentinian has now dropped the defender out of his starting XI. During the summer transfer window, according to reports from ESPN, Virgil Van Dijk had formally made a request to leave the club. This is the reason. I can't control the market so we'll see what happens.

Liverpool fans were quick to highlight this, with many naming Maguire as a better (and cheaper) alternative to long-rumored target Virgil van Dijk of Southampton.

"In this squad, I have a lot of players that can play". We have to wait until January.

City are in advanced talks with the Saints over a transfer, with the South Coast club now prepared to cash in on the 26-year-old, who is contracted at St Mary's until June 2022.

The Daily Telegraph claims Man City are in talks with Southampton over a £60million move for Van Dijk, meaning Liverpool will have to look elsewhere.

Van Dijk was also left out of the squad on Saturday as Saints earned a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. Manchester City have reportedly moved ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign the defender, with some reports on Tuesday stating that the Premier League leaders are preparing a £60 million offer.

"We tried to do the best for the team", said the ex-Alaves coach, who endured sections of the travelling Southampton support at Wembley signing "you're getting sacked in the morning".

  • Stacy Allen