Betting suspended on PL defender joining Liverpool in reported £200,000-a-week deal
By Derek Smithson
Bookmakers Ladbrokes has suspend betting on Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk joining Liverpool.
Ladbrokes confirmed on their official Twitter account that they expect the 25-year-old to make the switch to Anfield in the summer.
The popular bookmakers had already cut Van Dijk from 4/7 to just 1/8 to join Liverpool, but they are now confident of his exit from Southampton and have called a halt to all bets.
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) June 5, 2017
Ladbrokes report on their official website that they have offered the Holland international £200,000-a-week and that Reds manager Jurgen Klopp plans to make him the heart of his defence.
They understand that the Saints could recoup £60million for his signature as they lose yet another star player to Liverpool.
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The Merseyside club have frequently raided Southampton during recent years for their players and looks set to add yet another from their Premier League rivals.
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all made the switch in the past couple of seasons.
Van Dijk is highly regarded as one of the best defenders in the league and could be set for Champions League football next season if he joins Liverpool.
The centre-back is extremely capable in possession and is a formidable force in the air, something he has proved during spells with Southampton and Scottish club Celtic.
He made just 30 appearances last season due to a ligament injury in his foot, but still proved his qualities in the first half of the season.
Van Dijk could be competing alongside the likes of Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez next season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they have been handed a blow in their pursuit of a Premier League ace.