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

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have agreed to sign Netherlands worldwide Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a reported world record fee for a defender.

Van Dijk will join up with his new side when the January transfer window opens.

But a move fell through when Liverpool apologized for making an alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old.

This news comes after the Dutch defender's omission from Southampton's last two matchday squads, amidst much speculation from both sets of supporters.

It ends a long chase for the side now lying fourth in the Premier League.

Van Dijk has now overtaken Manchester City's Kyle Walker as the world's most expensive defender.

The transfer fee of 70 million pounds ($94 million) could reach 75 million pounds ($100 million) depending on Van Dijk's achievements at Liverpool. "The club wishes Virgil well in his future when the deal is completed on January 1st 2018", a statement read.

"I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League", he wrote.

"And despite a hard few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club". Van Dijk will wear the No. 4 shirt upon his arrival at Anfield. Thank you for everything!

"It is a lot of money and I'm not even sure he has been playing that well", Neville told Sky Sports.

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.

The Dutchman, who handed in a transfer request during the summer when trying to push through a move, posted a message on his official Twitter account, posing with a Liverpool shirt.

This time, it was presumed this was so because the deal with Liverpool was being ironed out.

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