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Arsenal in transfer battle to land Celtic star

Virgil van Dijk

There are some interested looks around the Football Transfer Tavern this evening as a fresh Premier League transfer target comes onto the agenda.

Metro report that Arsenal and Manchester City are considering January bids for £10 million rated Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutch centre back has been in fine form for the Hoops, who only joined Neil Lennon’s side from Eredivisie side Groningen last summer and that has seen scouts from the Premier League keeping tabs.

Van Dijk, who cost the Scottish champions just £1.6 million, has three years left on his contract but should interest from England be made official then an offer of around £10 million could see him sold.

The 22-year-old’s form has caught the attention of international boss Louis van Gaal and Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes it won’t be long before the Holland coach is on the phone.

“It’s inevitable, if he keeps going and progressing the way he is, that he’ll become a Dutch international,” Lennon told the Scottish Express.

“He makes it look easy. People seem to think he has a laid-back attitude, but his work ethic is very high and he’s a kid who wants to get better.”

Van Dijk, who has made 29 appearances for the Bhoys this term, is worried that his form has come too late to be included in van Gaal’s World Cup plans.

“I’ve never been invited so I think the chances are not big for me,” said the defender.

“That’s unfortunate but I have to move on, keep playing well and the chances will come.”

Can you see the Dutch defender making his way to the Premier League soon? Let us know your thoughts below.

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