PL defender agrees deal after being linked with £40m Liverpool January move

Southampton defender Sam McQueen has signed a new contract with the club, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

The Premier League club announced on their official website and Twitter account that the 21-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half year deal.

Southampton revealed they were “delighted” that the academy graduate, who joined the club at age of eight, has committed his long-term future at the club.

The deal, which runs until 2021, comes after the Sun reported that Liverpool were lining up a £40million January double swoop for McQueen and his Saints teammate Virgil van Dijk.

McQueen has risen to prominence after making a series of impressive displays since his Premier League debut in October’s 3-1 win against Burnley.

He made his bow for the Saints in 2014 before going out on loan to Southend, where he made rapid strides before catching the eye of Claude Puel and his staff this summer.

“I’m delighted to sign a new deal with the club, having been here for so long already,” McQueen said, as quoted by the Southampton website.

“It has been years and years of hard work to get to this point. The last couple of months have been amazing for me and this new contract really just rounds that off.”

Used predominantly at left-back by Southampton, McQueen can also play in a more advanced role on the left wing and Liverpool’s apparent interest came at a time when they have been using midfielder James Milner as a makeshift left-back due to the inconsistencies of Alberto Moreno.

Milner conceded a penalty in Liverpool’s defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday, as Jurgen Klopp’s side let slip 2-0 and 3-1 leads to lose 4-3 in a remarkable match.

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