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.

Inigo Martinez and Karim Benzema in action during the game between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad on December 30, 2015
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