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14th Dec, 2017 | 4:11pm

Celtic £6m fee on the cards for Jan after PL giants eye 26-year-old - report

Celtic could rake in £6million in extra transfer fee money in January if Southampton sell Virgil van Dijk for their asking price, according to a report.

The Daily Record has claimed that Premier League giants Manchester City are set to battle Liverpool in an attempt to sign Southampton’s former Hoops centre-back van Dijk in January, who is valued at £70million by the Saints.

The Hoops put a sell-on clause of between 10 and 15 per cent when they sold the 26-year-old to Southampton for £13million in 2015.

The centre-half played in Glasgow for two years before moving to the English Premier League, receiving rave reviews and becoming a highly sought-after player.

Liverpool to sign the Netherlands international in the summer and if the transfer fee that van Dijk eventually leaves Southampton for rises to his asking fee of £70million, then a £6million fee could be on the cards to make it’s way into the Parkhead piggy bank.

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A bidding war for Southampton ace van Dijk would be great news for Celtic. The extra £6million that the club could receive – if the player leaves Southampton in the January transfer window – could be put to use by Brendan Rodgers in a number of key areas. A new centre-back could be signed for one, and a potential replacement striker for Moussa Dembele if he leaves the Hoops would also top the agenda. The Hoops have already been linked with a few new centre-backs but that is definitely the area that money should be invested in first and foremost.

In other Celtic news, supporters are furious at the ticket prices for the upcoming Europa League match against Zenit 

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