CELTIC are still in line for a multi-million pound transfer windfall in January if Virgil van Dijk gets his way.
The former Hoops centre-half has made it clear he wants to quit Southampton and the Scottish champions have a lucrative sell-on clause in his contract, as CQN stated yesterday.
Van Dijk has now revealed he is open to joining Liverpool in January after a summer move fell through.
The classy Dutch defender was Jurgen Klopp’s top pre-season target and there was speculation of a £60million bid.
However, the Saints refused to sell, despite receiving a transfer request from the player who was then sent to train with the youths.
He has since returned to first team action, but admits he still wants to leave.
Van Dijk said: “I have no regrets.
“Of course, I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go. You’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.
“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”
The Anfield outfit have struggled, winning just once in seven games since the transfer window shut.
Klopp has seen his side concede 12 goals in seven games, with only West Ham and Crystal Palace conceding more.
It looks as though the German’s gaze may be focused on Van Dijk again during the January transfer window.
NEW CQN PODCAST FROM CELTIC PARK ON SATURDAY
Kevin Graham is back with a new CQN Podcast from Saturday. He talks to supporters on the bus on the way to Parkhead, interviews John Paul Taylor outside the ground and captures the atmosphere and action inside the ground before getting some more supporters’ views on the bus home after an eventful afternoon at Celtic Park.
Apologies for a few sweary words in this podcast near the end.