Thursday, 8 June 2017

Liverpool End Transfer Bid For Southampton's Virgil van Dijk

The Reds end interest in the Dutcman
English Premier League club Liverpool have abandoned their hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk and apologized to Southampton for "any misunderstanding" over their interest.

Press Association Sport reports that Saints had not received any contact from the Reds regarding their defender, yet the Dutch defender apparently indicated an eagerness to become the latest player to swap St Mary's for Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp is reported to have made Van Dijk his top target, with the chance to work with the Liverpool boss to have played a significant role in the player's decision -- information that did not sit well with Southampton.

Saints are reported to have asked the Premier League on Tuesday to investigate an alleged illegal approach, which has been followed by Liverpool announcing the end of their pursuit.
"Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs," the statement on Liverpool's official website read.

"We apologize to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk. We respect Southampton's position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player."

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