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Liverpool confirm agreement to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool confirm Van Dijk agreement
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Liverpool confirm that an agreement has been reached to sign Virgil van Dijk next month.

Liverpool have officially won the race for Virgil van Dijk after reaching an agreement with Southampton for the Dutch defender's signature.

The 26-year-old, also linked with a move to Manchester City and Chelsea in recent weeks, will make the switch between clubs when the transfer window opens on January 1.

News emerged on Wednesday evening of a move being imminent, and both Liverpool and Southampton confirmed the news on their official websites at 6pm.

Netherlands international Van Dijk is expected to cost the Reds around £75m, making him the most expensive defender of all time.

A statement on Liverpool's official website read: "Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.

"The Reds have agreed a deal with the South Coast club, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018."

Van Dijk, who has been left out of the Saints' squad in recent games, will wear the number four shirt at Anfield.

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Virgil van Dijk warms up prior to the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Southampton on September 16, 2017
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