There’s a report in the Scotsman today that Newcastle United are mulling over a move for 23 year-old Celtic 6’4″ center-back Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk – Newcastle to make move
Virgil was a Newcastle target before he moved last summer to Celtic from Groningen for £2.5M, but reports earlier this summer said Celtic’s price was about £8M for the promising young Dutch defender, who had a great first season at Celtic.
The Scotsman is reporting that Newcastle are now strong favorites to sign the Dutch defender, and that the Tyneside club are considering a deadline day swoop for the Dutchman.
Newcastle were linked with the highly rated player earlier this summer, and Newcastle have been weak in defense over the last two seasons, with the cover at center-back to Colo and Willo not particularly strong in terms of quality.
So it would seem to make sense to bring in a young center-back with the massive potential that Virgil has shown at Celtic.
The report is that Alan Pardew is a big fan of the £8m-rated player, and of course money is still available at Newcastle since we have spent only about £3M net on players this year – so far.
The player has already attracted a lot of interest this summer, and Swansea, Southampton, Tottenham and German club Hamburg are all said to be interested in the center-back.
The Scotsman is reporting Newcastle are now the strong favorites to sign him late in this transfer window.
Virgil has played 54 times with 7 goals for Celtic since signing on last summer.
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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