Everton manager Ronald Koeman looks set to make Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk one of his priority signings this summer, according to The Liverpool Echo.
The 25-year-old Dutch international was brought to the Premier League by his countryman back in 2015 while Koeman was in charge at St Mary’s, and although van Dijk took time to adapt to English football, he is now widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the division.
The former Celtic man has started 21 of Southampton’s 30 Premier League games this term, although has been out injured since picking up a nasty ankle problem in their 3-0 success over champions Leicester in January, an injury which looks set to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.
However, Saints boss Claude Puel will surely be readying himself for interest in the 25-year-old, who is valued at £21 million, and with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City also thought to be monitoring the Dutchman, they will do well to keep him beyond the summer.
Koeman’s men may well struggle to compete financially with the aforementioned duo, but the 54-year-old will hope that the chance to play under his guidance again may be enough to tempt van Dijk to Goodison Park.
The Toffees will also hope that they have European football to offer the centre-back, and they’ll look to take a step closer to achieving that with victory over relegation-threatened Hull City on Saturday (3pm kick-off).