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Manchester City 'make Virgil van Dijk top transfer target'

Man City 'make Van Dijk top target'
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Liverpool face competition from Manchester City for the January signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to a report.

Manchester City have reportedly stepped up their interest in Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk by making him their top January transfer target.

The Netherlands international also remains on Liverpool's radar, having seen a big-money move to Anfield collapse during the summer due to an alleged illegal approach.

City recently emerged as contenders to land Van Dijk from Southampton, as they are desperate for some defensive cover following injuries to John Stones and Vincent Kompany.

According to Goal.com, the 26-year-old is a priority signing for Pep Guardiola, while Real Sociedad ace Inigo Martinez will be targeted if an agreement cannot be reached with the Saints.

Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi are the only other recognised options for City, who have an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and the joint-best defensive record.

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Inigo Martinez and Karim Benzema in action during the game between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad on December 30, 2015
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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