Liverpool edge closer to sign £60m target as club already found replacement

Liverpool may have been handed a boost in their transfer pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk with Tottenham‘s Kevin Wimmer being lined up as his replacement.

The Netherlands international has been linked with a move away from the St Mary’s Stadium for much of the summer after his impressive form last season, with reports that he could cost around £60million.

While Southampton have been keen not to sell one of their best players, both Van Dijk and Liverpool seemingly remain keen on getting the deal done after recent developments.

Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino recently admitted Van Dijk had asked to leave the club, and that he was training alone as a result.

According to the Daily Mail, Southampton are now looking at Wimmer as a potential signing at the back as they are forced to plan for life without Van Dijk in case he does still leave.

The Austrian has not been a regular in his two seasons at Spurs, but looks like a player who could do a job for a side like Southampton after facing fierce competition at White Hart Lane.

The north Londoners already have one of the most rock-solid defences in the country with big names like Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen proving key players for them in recent seasons.

Southampton may be able to do a deal for Wimmer if they offer Tottenham around £20m, which should be easily affordable given the kind of money they’d likely take in from the sale of Van Dijk.

The 26-year-old centre-back has also been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea at various points this summer, though his preference is understood to be for Liverpool.